Legal Updates

Florida Legislature Passes Safe Harbor Provisions Related to Public Records

Successful Final Order of Dismissal on behalf of our client

The Firm successfully obtained a final order of dismissal on behalf of Gateway Terrace, LP, and defeated an attempt to establish certiorari jurisdiction over the Florida limited partnership, which provides affordable housing to seniors and disabled individuals. See, Ingram v. Gateway Terrace, LP, Broward County Circuit Court Appellate Division.

4th DCA Rules on Statute of Limitations to Foreclose on Code Liens

Samuel S. Goren & Jacob G. Horowitz Present at League of Cities Event

Samuel S. Goren, Shareholder and Jacob G. Horowitz, Partner, were presenters at the Broward League of Cities Elected Officials Boot Camp held on February 24, 2017.  Mr. Goren presented on Public Records and Mr. Horowitz on the Broward County Ethics Ordinance.

Julie Klahr and Brian Sherman elected as B'Nai B'rith Officers

Julie Klahr and Brian Sherman will be installed on April 2, 2017 as officers of the B'nai B'rith Justice Unit # 5207.  Ms. Klahr will serve as the Voluntary Bar Liaison and Mr. Sherman as the Secretary of the organization for 2017.  

Florida Department of Health Notice - Medical Marijuana Rulemaking

We continue to monitor the adoption of rules by the Florida Department of Health that will implement the recently adopted Florida Constitutional Amendment to authorize the distribution and use of medical marijuana

Proposed Legislation to Amend Florida Code of Ethics

Florida House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee Considering Ethics Legislation that will require public officials to utilize more detailed Form 6 for financial disclosure.

Farah Nerette Recognized for Pro Bono Services

Farah L. Nerette, was recognized during National Pro Bono Celebration week by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. for her dedication to provide pro bono services to the most vulnerable members of the South Florida community.

Samuel S. Goren Speaker at 10th Annual Ethics Seminar

Samuel S. Goren, Shareholder was a panel speaker at the Tenth Annual Ethics Seminar held on Friday November 4, 2016 at Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton Campus.  Mr. Goren participated as a panel speaker on the topic "Public Ethics in Florida: What's Behind Us and What May Lie Ahead?".

David N. Tolces Speaker for Residential Development & Affordable Housing Webinar

“A Post-Housing Crisis Look in the Mirror: Challenges and Opportunities for Residential Development and Affordable Housing” Webinar is taking place Monday, September 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET.  See attached Link for information.

DJ DOODY NAMED MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR

Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Honors Donald “DJ” Doody  as Municipal Attorney of the Year

4th DCA Upholds Final Judgement in Favor of City of Pembroke Pines

The City of Pembroke Pines successfully defended its actions with respect to the City Commission's decision to not extend water service to property in Southwest Ranches.  The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the final judgment in favor of the City of Pembroke Pines in the case of Corrections Corporation of America v. City of Pembroke Pines, et al.

Shari C. Wallen Recognized in Top 40 under 40

Associate Shari C. Wallen has been recognized by the National Black Lawyers Association in their Top 40 under 40 listing.   

EEOC FACT SHEET ON BATHROOM ACCESS FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS

The EEOC has published a fact sheet titled “Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”. Please see attached excerpt and links.  

GCDE retained as General Counsel for Margate CRA

Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A. has been retained as General Counsel for the Margate Community Redevelopment Council.

Jacob Horowitz presented at Elected Officials Boot Camp

Jacob Horowitz was a presenter at the Elected Officials Boot Camp held on Friday, May 13th in Fort Lauderdale.

Florida Bar Committee Appointments

Julie F. Klahr has been appointed to serve on the Education Law Committee of the Florida Bar.   Shari C. Wallen has been appointed to serve on the Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board.

Important Burt J. Harris Case Pending Before Florida Supreme Court

The firm is currently monitoring the case of Hardee County, Florida vs. FINR II Inc. pending in the Florida Supreme Court which is an appeal of the decision in FINR Inc. vs Hardee County.  164 So.3d. 1260  

BCCMA Ethics Seminar

Attorneys from Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, PA presented at a recent dinner meeting of the Broward City County Manager's Association.  Sam Goren, Kerry Ezrol, Julie Klahr and Jacob Horowitz presented a four-hour seminar on Ethics.

Farah L. Nerette elected to Haitian Lawyers Association Board of Directors

Associate Farah L. Nerette was elected to the Haitian Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors for a two-year Director position.

Samuel S. Goren speaks at Ethics Seminar

Shareholder Samuel S. Goren, Esq. was a panel speaker at the Ninth Annual Ethics Seminar "Moral Courage In Action" that took place on November 6, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Samuel Goren awarded Commitment to Justice Award

Shareholder Samuel Goren was recently awarded the "Commitment to Justice Award" for 2015 by the Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida.

David Tolces speaks at FAHRO Annual Conference

David Tolces was a speaker at the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) Annual Conference in Orlando on August 14, 2015. 

Shana Bridgeman Presents at South Florida IPMA-HR Chapter Meeting

Shana Bridgeman was a presenter at the Chapter Meeting of the South Florida International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) held in Boynton Beach, Florida on July 7, 2015.

Henderson v. United States

United States Supreme Court holds that a convicted felon may ask the government to transfer their firearm to an independent third party.  Henderson v. United States, Case No. 13-1487, May 18, 2015. 

Jacob Horowitz Presents at FCCMA Conference

On May 27, 2015, Jacob Horowitz spoke on ethics at the Florida city and county Management Association's annual conference held in Orlando, Florida. 

Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgement in favor of City of Oakland Park

Summary Judgment was granted in favor of the City of Oakland Park in the case of Palm Partners, LLC v. City of Oakland Park. 

 

Ruling Affirmed for City of Pembroke Pines

On March 31, 2015, the United States Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit affirmed the ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal that the City of Pembroke Pine's termination of an employee was not in retaliation for exercising his first amendment rights.

Defense of Appeal for City of Tamarac

Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A., on behalf of the City of Tamarac, successfully defended the appeal filed by American Charter Development in the 4th District Court of Appeal.  On April 8, 2015, the 4th District Court of Appeal issued an Order denying American Charter Development's Petition for Writ of Certiorari.

Samuel Goren Speaks at Ethics Conference

Shareholder, Samuel S. Goren, was a speaker at the Eighth Annual Ethics Seminar in Boca Raton.

Michael D. Cirullo, Jr. to present at Medical Marijuana Workshop

Michael D. Cirullo, Jr., Shareholder, will be a presenter at the "Medical Marijuana - an Engaging Dialogue" Workshop to be held on October 17, 2014.

David N. Tolces Board Certification

David N. Tolces achieves Florida Bar Certification in City, County and Local Government Law effective August 1, 2014.

Samuel S. Goren Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Samuel S. Goren - Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, was recently recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.

David N. Tolces Presents on Social Media

David N. Tolces speaks on Social Media, Texting and Public Records in the New Tech World.

Florida Supreme Court Extends Pregnancy Discrimination to Claims under FCRA

In Delva v. Continenal Group, 2014 WL 1491497, -- So.3d – (Fla. April 17, 2014), the Florida Supreme Court extended discrimination claims to those for alleged actions based on pregnancy. 

Jacob G. Horowitz Presents at Lorman Seminar

Jacob G. Horowitz was a presenter at the Lorman “What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Florida” Seminar

Brian Sherman Presents at Code Enforcement Association

Brian J. Sherman presented to the Gold Coast Association of Code Enforcement on 5/29/14 on the importance of Code Officers and the preservation of records.

                       

Legal and Practical Considerations of Annexation

David N. Tolces presented “Be Alert to the Legal and Practical Considerations of Annexation” at the NBI Seminar “Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning” on April 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium

Bram A. Maravent moderated two panels at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Seventh Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium

 

Harassment Finds Its Way to All Workplaces

More increasingly sport imitates life.  The public was reminded of this while reports trickled in about alleged bullying, taunting, mocking, and other workplace behavior was chronicled within the Miami Dolphins organization.  After the “Wells Report” was released in middle February of this year, several details came to light and were published for all to see.

Religious Garb in the Workplace

EEOC Updates its “Religious Garb in the Workplace” Guide

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidelines for religious attire and grooming in the workplace.  The guidelines serve as a helpful reminder to all employers that are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) the “dos and don’ts” regarding several categories of workplace behavior.

Bram A. Maravent Presents at Sports Conference

Associate Bram A. Maravent presented on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the 27th Annual Sports and Recreation Law Association’s Conference, discussing “The Viability of the NCAA and Consideration of Modern Governance.”

Samuel S. Goren, Top Lawyer 2014

Samuel S. Goren was named "Top Lawyer" by the South Florida Legal Guide for 2014 in the area of Governmental Practice.  

Donald J. Doody, Top Rated Lawyer 2013

Donald J. Doody was featured in the December 2013 edition of The American Lawyer as a Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate for 2013.

City Official Training

The City of Tamarac hosted a training workshop on November 26, 2013 presented by Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A..

GCDE Obtains Two Favorable Rulings

Goren Cherof Doody & Ezrol, P.A. Obtains Two Favorable Rulings in Age Discrimination Appeals

Bram A. Maravent publishes Article discussing current issues affecting the NCAA.

NCAA Fights To Stay Relevant In Modern Business of College Sports

Currently the NCAA is involved in multiple legal entanglements that threaten to reshape the face of collegiate amateur athletics in several ways and tear apart the governing body of major college sports.

Jacob Horowitz Presents Ethics Presentation to Village of Sea Ranch Lakes

Jacob G. Horowitz presented a Sunshine Law, Public Records, and Ethics update to the Sea Ranch Lakes Village Council on July 30, 2013

David Tolces Presents at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar in Amelia Island

David N. Tolces was a featured speaker at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association seminar at Amelia Island Plantation on July 27, 2013. 

GCDE ETHICS ADVISORY OPINION - Definition of “remuneration” – Broward County Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics requires elected municipal officials to disclose “all outside or concurrent employment…including employment pursuant to contract, as well as any remuneration received from that employment."  In the absence of an enumerated definition of this term in the Broward County Code of Ethics, the City Attorney’s Office has looked to Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. 201, et seq., as a premise for defining “remuneration” for disclosure purposes pursuant to the Code of Ethics.