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Kelly Charles-Collins Joins SCB as a Partner

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Kelly was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica until the age of nine when her family relocated to Miami, Florida.  She resided in Miami until graduating from American Senior High school in 1986. In the fall of that same year Kelly attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and thus began her college career. After first completing her Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising, she received her Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Retail Management in 1990.  Remaining in…

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Starr Brookins Joins SCB as an Associate

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Starr Brookins has joined Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett as an Associate Attorney. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Starr was raised as the dependent of an active military member. In 2004, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School’s Law and Criminal Justice Magnet Academy as Salutatorian in Tampa, Florida. In 2007, Starr received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tampa where she was an extremely active leader. Starr subsequently graduated from The George Washington University Law…

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Jeffrey Glassman Joins SCB as an Associate

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Jeffrey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shortly after earning an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona, Jeffrey moved to the New York City Metropolitan area. In 2001, Jeffrey commenced his legal studies at the St. John’s University School of Law. While in law school, Jeffrey was a member of the St. John’s National Mock Trial Team, an Articles Editor for the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, and received Dean’s List honors….

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CASE NOTE – Slip & Fall – Reaffirming the Appropriateness of Summary Judgment under Fla. Stat. § 768.0755

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By: Chance A. Arias, Esq. With its decision in McCarthy v. Broward College, 2015 WL 2078744 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015), the Fourth District Court of Appeals reaffirmed its stance that summary judgment can be appropriate in slip and fall suits brought under Fla. Stat. § 768.0755. In McCarthy, Plaintiff, Linda McCarthy, filed suit against Defendant, Broward College, after she slipped and fell on an unknown liquid while in an elevator on Broward College’s campus. Id. at *1. Broward College moved…

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CASE NOTE – Open and Obvious Danger? A Landowner’s Duty to Maintain Safe Conditions for Invitees Remains

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By: Steven DiOssi, Esq. A business owner owes two duties to a business invitee: (1) a duty to warn of perils that were known or should have been known to the owner and which the invitee could not discover; and (1) a duty to take ordinary care to keep its premises reasonably safe. Delgado v. Landromax, Inc., 65 So. 3d 1087, 1089 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011). The two duties are not the same. Recently, in Denson v. SM-Planters, A Florida…

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CASE NOTE – PROPOSAL FOR SETTLEMENT – WAS IT MADE IN GOOD FAITH?

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By: Chance Arias, Esq. The Third District Court of Appeals became the latest Florida court to chime in on Proposals for Settlement with their opinion in Isaias v. HT Hackney Co., 40 Fla. L. Weekly D753a (Fla. 3d DCA 2015). In Isaias, the Court found that a nominal $500.00 settlement offer was made in good faith, therefore allowing the defendants to collect attorney’s fees and costs under Rule 1.442(h)(1). Isaias stemmed from a breach of contract suit between a drive-thru…

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