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“Why Hiring A Board-Certified Lawyer Makes Sense” – Miami Herald

Consumers of legal services often seek to hire legal counsel for a variety of matters including personal injury, accident, divorce, a business dispute, real estate transaction, or probate matters. Finding the right lawyer can be challenging for the consumer that is often bombarded with television advertising highlighting certain lawyers, along with billboards, internet reviews, and recommendations from family and friends....

“Why In-House Corporate Counsel Should Hire a Board-Certified Lawyer” – ABA Business Law Today

Corporate counsel is often tasked with hiring outside counsel to handle important matters for the company. Finding highly specialized and talented lawyers to match up to the issues in a given case, on short notice, can be a challenge, especially when the corporation’s “go-to counsel” may not have the level of expertise required for a given matter. In narrowing down choices, corporate counsel should consider hiring a board-certified lawyer who has already been vetted for expertise and professionalism in a specialty area....

“Avoiding Attack: The Arbitrator’s Guide to Drafting a Bulletproof Reasoned Award,” American College of Construction Lawyers Journal

I. IntroductionThree types of awards1 are frequently prepared in commercial and construction arbitration proceedings: standard awards, reasoned awards, and awards containing detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law.2 This article focuses on drafting reasoned awards which, due to governing standards frequently cause heartburn for arbitrators. Not only are arbitrators3 required to arrive at an equitable result, they must also draft a sufficiently detailed award that can withstand judicial scrutiny. Preparing a reasoned award can be a treacherous process especially after presiding over weeks of testimony, analyzing a mountain of exhibits and considering the legal arguments presented by the parties. Arbitrators must be familiar with the legal standards that determine when a reasoned award can be successfully challenged. This article addresses the steps that enable an arbitrator to prepare a “bulletproof” reasoned award....

ICYMI: Becker Shareholders Featured @ 2021 Multifamily Forum: West & Central Florida

Becker is a longtime supporter of the Multifamily Forum: West & Central Florida, the go-to event featuring insights from leading owners, managers, developers, investors, and others with extensive knowledge in this specific area of housing development. We are always happy to welcome these perspectives to our own conversation regarding legal pitfalls to avoid and best practices for success....

Specialization: How the ABA Can Make You A Better Lawyer

The great Arnold Palmer was right when he said, “The road to success is always under construction.” This is especially true for lawyers. In the course of our careers, opportunities exist to become better lawyers and enhance our personal satisfaction within our profession. The best approach is to take advantage of those opportunities by becoming board certified. The ABA can help!...