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Travel ‘N Style:

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Broke & Famous

Face Time

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Getting that Runway Glow

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By Autumn Barker

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Girls’ Night Out

Health & Beauty:

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Photos by Jessie Dee

Up All Night Simple Cures for Getting More Sleep

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Style MD:

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The Dash Diet

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By Maria Delis

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Don’t Miss the Beat:

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Knock it Off!

Rich Hues of Autumn

One Less Problem

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By Cathleen K. Bode

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Toys:

The Professionals

Don’t Miss the Beat:

Trion Nemesis

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Tiffany Houghton Up Close & Personal

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Best Friends:

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Orlando’s Legal Elite

Power Pups By Courtney Caggiano

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Dear Readers, > The heat of summer seems to be winding down, but we certainly enjoyed the past few months while they lasted—I know I did, since Germany won the World Cup! This year’s soccer championship was a great one not only for Germany, but for USA as well. Our nation is finally beginning to make an impression in this exciting sport, which has the largest following worldwide. I have always wondered why soccer had never taken off in this country like it has in the rest of the world, but I am sure that will change now! Orlando is even building a soccer stadium, and the Orlando City Soccer team is on the rise! We wish our best to everyone involved in our city’s soccer revolution. Although Orlando is just beginning to take on the latest sports trends, it is always up to date with the recent fashion trends. This September issue of Orlando Style is our Fall Fashion issue, featuring a captivating photo shoot with the up-and-coming photographer, Jessie Dee at downtown’s eclectic Aloft Hotel. Also, we listened to your comments and brought back your favorite interior design inspirations in our “Living N’ Style” editorial. You will find wonderful ideas on how to reinvent your home that you won’t find in any other publication. We’d love to hear your thoughts about it. This issue also features “Orlando’s Legal Elite 2014,” where you will find top, legal brains in the city. This extended feature offers fresh perspective on local attorneys that have been evaluated by the readers. Please be sure to let us know what you have learned from your own experience while searching for the right attorney. You can visit our website and suggest, and vote for your favorite “Legal Elite Lawyer.” We are already gathering votes for next year’s “Orlando’s Legal Elite,” and we want to add your recommendations to our list of local lawyers chosen by readers. Summer is coming to an end, and that means this year’s hurricane season will soon be reaching its peak. Make sure that you are staying alert and stocking up on

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the necessities and usual supplies before any threatening weather gets too close for comfort. Even though it is important to take the proper precautions, I believe that we should not become too concerned with tropical formations that are emerging from thousands of miles away, since they may never make it this far. Don’t let the worries of tomorrow allow you to forget to enjoy the happiness of today. As we send everyone in this city our wishes for safety during the rest of this hurricane season, we also hope that you all have a relaxing and reviving Labor Day holiday spent with your closest family and friends. Take a well-deserved break from your work schedule and indulge in the beautiful paradise that is Central Florida. And a very happy New Year and Rosh Hashanah 5775 to all of our Jewish friends. While we are eternally thankful for the freedom and privileges of this country, we send our well wishes and hope for peace in the Middle East and other areas of the world that are currently affected by turmoil. May we all try to live together with gratitude for our safety and the concern for those without; let’s strive to enjoy life with tolerance in our minds and care in our hearts. We are so appreciative of the loyalty of our dedicated readers, and I hope that you all have a wonderful beginning to this fall season. Sincerely,

Sven J. Bode, Publisher


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JESSIE DEE Jessie Dee started as a Makeup Artist but quickly developed a passion for photography. She knew she was born to create beautiful things and jumped head first into the fashion world. She has been featured in several magazines and was recognized as one of the top 5 Makeup Artists by Shu Uemura. Orlando is home but her love of travel has taken her all over the world. See more work at www.jessiedee.net

MARK NEJAME Mark NeJame is a renowned trial attorney who has been involved in some of the areas and country’s highest profile cases. He is routinely sought by the media as a legal commentator and is currently a Legal Analyst for CNN. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Law Firm of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. a/k/a NeJame Law. NeJame Law has 15 attorneys and 4 divisions: Personal Injury, Criminal, Immigration and Business/Commercial Litigation. Mr. NeJame is a regular contributor to Orlando Style Magazine. Mr. NeJame can be reached at 407-245-1232 and www.nejamelaw.com.

RIESA PASCAL Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in Florida where she graduated from Florida State University with a double major in creative writing and communication. While enrolled in university, Riesa discovered her passion for broadcast journalism through several TV hosting opportunities including reporting on FSU athletics and airing across the state of Florida on the SunSports Channel. Riesa currently travels around the country with Convention News Television as a reporter, producer and editor. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, reading, writing, and quality time with friends. You can learn more about Riesa at www.riesapascal.com

COURTNEY CAGGIANO Courtney was born in Miami and has been a Florida native all her life. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA degree in English Literature, where she developed her passion for the written word. Currently residing in Orlando, she pursues all forms of writing, including journalism, nonfiction, critical literary analysis, and songwriting. In her free time, Courtney enjoys performing as a musician and guitarist in the Orlando area, as well as working as a freelance book editor for local authors.

MARIA DELIS Maria has lived in New York, Athens, Miami and Orlando. Although she loves city life, she’s at her happiest when she’s island hopping in the Aegean. Maria earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida where she started her teaching career. She also holds an MA in public relations from the University of Miami. Her written work has appeared in various publications, including Ocean Drive Magazine, Visit Florida, AMPR’s Wanderlogue and The Miami Planet.

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IF YOU’VE REACHED THAT POINT WHERE MOST OF YOUR DESTINATION TRIPS TO BEACHFRONT RESORTS HAVE BEGUN TO BLUR INTO ONE ALL TOO FAMILIAR MEMORY, THEN CURAÇAO COULD BE THE PLACE FOR YOU.

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SANTA BARBARA BEACH & GOLF RESORT CURAÇAO Create a new vacation tradition at Sea Traditions! By Riesa Pascal

> A stay at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curaçao will be far from your typical Caribbean vacation. Fortunately, these differences will be evident in the most spectacular ways possible. Vacationing in any tropical destination typically involves heading to a long stretch of beach with dozens of borderline identical resorts all lined up in neat little rows like a beautiful, but commonplace orange grove. If you’ve reached that point where most of your destination trips to beachfront resorts have begun to blur into one all too familiar memory, then Curaçao could be the place for you. Unsurpassed by their rivals, the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curaçao is guaranteed to bring you a brand new vacationing experience from the moment you depart Curaçao’s modern international airport and begin the scenic ride to the gorgeous, secluded property. You’ll drive past the “orange grove” resorts and across a magnificent bridge overlooking the beautiful capital of Willemstad, before eventually coming up to the regal, gated entrance of the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort. Located on 2,000 acres of rare natural preserve, it’ll be impossible not to unwind and relax on this charming property which sits miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and other resorts in the area. This is especially true when you have the unparalleled pleasure of staying in one of the resort’s famous Sea Traditions rooms. Nestled among three separate, semiprivate buildings in their own unique community on the resort, the Sea Traditions guest rooms offer the ideal setting for a true Caribbean getaway. It is the perfect choice for the traveler seeking a more private, luxurious vacationing ex-

perience. Sea Traditions is comfortably separated from the main portion of the hotel, yet it remains close enough to allow guests to enjoy the property’s restaurants, the spa and every other resort service, including a few exclusive services available only to you. While staying at Sea Traditions I had the use of a private Sea Traditions enclave swimming pool, a private patio overlooking the Caribbean Sea, a semi-private courtyard entrance and an on call butler from 9am to 7pm. Over 400 square feet of living space and several upgraded, unique amenities made it more than a little difficult to leave my suite each day, but a little reminder that I was vacationing on the beautiful island of Curaçao was the only push I needed to get up and go explore. My first official morning on the island began with a private meal at the Sea Traditions pool. If breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, then Sea Traditions has the Goliath of breakfast buffets. Bacon, sausage, fruit, tropical drinks, omelets cooked to order and more left us satisfied and ready for the adventurous day ahead. Our first stop was Willemstad for a walking tour of Curaçao’s beloved capitol with Island Adventures. Knowledge of the island’s history and a contagious passion for sharing Curaçao culture came in the form of Island Adventure’s Bigala, our spirited tour guide for the day. The Curaçao native with a bigger than life personality was a bright addition to our day and carried an even brighter smile to match. She brought us right up to the entrance of the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and proceeded to tell us all about its history as the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. She swiftly recalled various facts as she walked

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us past the Governor’s Mansion and through the center of town. She led us through the Venezuelan floating market and in an off the cuff decision, even purchased a few unique fruits for my companion and I to taste and try. Bigala’s enthusiasm and love for her island was more than just contagious. It was physically palpable and resulted in a tour that took on a rare personal feel that I know I will compare to all future tours for years to come. From Willemstad, Bigala led us to explore the magnificent beaches of the island’s west side and Boca Tabla, a rocky beach line with breathtaking views of where land and ocean join to become one. Next on the to-do-list (and something that should be on everyone’s bucket list!) was an underwater safari excursion appropriately called, Aquafari. Located next door to Pirate Bay at Piscadera, Aquafari was the experience of a lifetime. As someone who isn’t certified in scuba diving, but has still desired to explore the deep blue, Aquafari provided me just that opportunity. In groups of 4-6, we boarded our personal, ecofriendly, self-propelled submersible scooter and set “sail” into the sea. Unlike scuba diving there was no certification required outside of a brief safety training session by Shenna, Aquafari’s

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kind, beautiful hostess who was just as excited for our adventure to begin as we were. For an hour we glided effortlessly through the sea with Jason and Andy, two certified scuba divers who guided, monitored and photographed the entire experience. Deep under the crystal clear water we enjoyed colorful reefs, a variety of extraordinary tropical fish and many other fascinating sea creatures. Dinner that evening came in the form of L’aldea, an authentic Brazilian steakhouse with a twist. The gorgeous restaurant is one part of a themed 4000 square meter resort that reflects the cultures of the Mayan, Aztec, Inca and Arawak. In addition to the steakhouse and hotel, L’aldea also has two additional restaurants, a park, a souvenir shop and a spa where you can have a pedicure by live Garra Rufa fish. Roughly 130 exotic animals are on the property and a unique 45-minute tour is offered to see them all as well as replicas of the ancient ruins of the Mayan, Aztecs and Incas. Dinner at L’aldea combined the renowned cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Curaçao. Expertly paired wines flowed and live musical entertainment filled the air as we enjoyed 18 of the finest selections of beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp all prepared in an exquisitely delicious culinary style.

The following day was one of education and creativity. After another scenic poolside breakfast, my companions and I were off on our first adventure, a tour of Curaçao’s Aloe Vera plantation. During a fascinating hour with our guide Remco, we learned all about the innumerable benefits of Aloe Vera and the plantation’s world famous brand of all natural Aloe Vera products appropriately titled Curaloe. After a much-desired pit stop at the Curaloe gift shop, we traveled just a couple more minutes down the road and pulled into our next destination, Serena’s Art Factory. A Chichi is a sensual, well-rounded Caribbean figure that represents the strong, happy and caring elder sister of a family. She is handmade and hand painted in bright Caribbean colors by craftsmen and painters at Serena’s. There I got to paint my own personal Chichi at a workshop led by the helpful, ever so friendly Suéanna who was more than happy to lend us a steady hand when it came to painting little details on our handmade figurines. Afterwards I had the pleasure of meeting the bubbly Serena who personally signed the bottom of my Chichi. Later that afternoon we met Dinah Veeris and enjoyed a walking trail through her beautiful garden to learn about healing herbs and


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the cultural heritage of Curaçao. The exciting day rounded up with a thrilling game of the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort’s brand new glow-in-thedark night putting experience. Immediately afterwards we headed next door to the resort’s helipad for a luxurious buffet dinner complete with exceptional live entertainment by the island’s popular reggae band, Uprising. My last day in Curaçao was spent almost entirely on property at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort and unsurprisingly, it was also one of the most relaxing. The morning began with another buffet breakfast before a few of my companions and I engaged in a peaceful aqua tai chi session in Sea Traditions pool. Fitness instructor, Juanina led the ancient technique as a bright orange troupial bird watched curiously from the trees. Paddleboarding along the gentle waters of the Caribbean Sea followed the tai chi experience before a quick, delicious bite at MEDI Restaurant also located on property.

the front deck to napping under the setting sun, sailing on the tranquil waters was the climax to a resort vacation that I didn’t think could get any more relaxing. My stay in Curaçao was full of the fun and activity I longed for, but only one thing made it possible to handle that much adventure everyday. It was having a place like Sea Traditions to come home to every evening. Having a plush king bed and luxurious pillows to rest my head on at night, a bathroom full of locally crafted products by Curaloe to use as generously as I desire and a lavish stay at a gorgeous, unforgettable resort that embraces the traditions of the sea and the island of Curaçao. Reclaim your vacation and start a new tradition by booking your own adventure at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort’s Sea Traditions.

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The afternoon concluded with our group setting sail along the coast aboard the grand and luxurious yacht, Domicil. There are no words to describe the experience apart from it being complete and utter serenity. From sipping wine on

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OMEGA Celebrates the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition with Dr. Buzz Aldrin at Mall at Millenia

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Style Events, News & Gossip from Around the City By Riesa Pascal

> Can it be true? Are we really already in September 2014?? While it may seem hard to believe, summer’s officially over and fall has swiftly come upon us. This year has flown by faster than a turkey in November, but as kids flock back to school and stores stock shelves with the latest Halloween decorations, let’s take this moment to acknowledge the past months of July and August. A lot has happened since Orlando Style’s Summer Double Issue and we want to make sure you’re on top of it all, just in case you missed it! On July 11th, Mrs. Windermere 2014 hosted a private showing for Carmen Steffens in the Mall at Millenia. Attendees of the intimate event enjoyed a re-

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laxing evening of savory hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, specialty drinks and an exclusive viewing of Carmen Steffens’ High Summer Fashions. The store was closed to the public to allow for maximum relaxation and enjoyment of the evening. Attendees also got to preview the store’s fall/winter fashions and shop through their collection of everything from minimalist apparel to extravagant designs. 20% of all the evening’s sales benefited the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. From educational and arts programs to health programs focused on preventing childhood obesity, the beloved foundation is dedicated to nourishing the minds and bodies of children that need it most.


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On Tuesday, July 15, OMEGA held an exclusive two-part event celebrating the launch of the landmark timepiece, the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition. The afternoon started with a media reception at the OMEGA Boutique at the Mall at Millenia and was followed by a private dinner at the Kennedy Space Center. The event—held in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the legendary moon landing— featured none other than famous astronaut and OMEGA brand ambassador Dr. Buzz Aldrin. For more than 45 years, Dr. Aldrin has been in partnership with the luxury Swiss watchmaker. The legendary astronaut wore the OMEGA Speedmaster on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 during the landmark Apollo 11 space mission, thus making the OMEGA Speedmaster the first watch to be worn on the moon. Guest had a fabulous time meeting the legend and a few lucky fans even got their pictures taken too.

raiser dinner. Held in their private dining room, Turlington Burns came together in co-operation with Every Mother Counts Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Turlington Burns. As host of the exclusive dinner, Turlington Burns spoke with attendees about overcoming barriers to maternal health worldwide. The sold out event benefited Orlando’s local charity, Commonsense Childbirth, Inc.

THE AFTERNOON STARTED WITH A MEDIA RECEPTION AT THE OMEGA BOUTIQUE AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA AND WAS FOLLOWED BY A PRIVATE DINNER AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER.

The Stella & Dot Fall Collection Preview and Fashion Show is a beloved annual event looked forward to by many. On Thursday, July 17th, the 2014 show took place at the Marriott World Center. Media and VIP guest joined Stella & Dot CEO and Founder Jessica Herrin and Chief Creative Officer Blythe Harris for a fashion show of their latest designs in bags, jewelry and charming accessories. The special guest at the event was supermodel Christy Turlington Burns who was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014. In addition to having a fantastic time previewing the gorgeous collection, attendees also went home with fabulous gifts from the boutique-style social selling company.

It would seem July was the month of charitable events in Orlando! The philanthropic organization Guys With Ties returns to our In Case You Missed It list for the third time this year with their ninth annual “White Party” event. Held at Vanity, an impressive turnout of select guest arrived in their most stylish white attire and proceeded to have the time of their lives. The group was high energy and all smiles throughout the evening as they enjoyed great company and musical entertainment by renowned special guest DJ Magic Mike. Guys With Ties seek to raise money with local charities that focus on special needs of the Central Florida community. The proceeds raised from this successful evening were no exception. This year’s White Party proceeds benefited the Jobs Partnership of Florida.

Christy Turlington Burns proved to be quite the busy girl on July 17th! Immediately following the Stella & Dot’s show, she was on the move again and making her way to Mingos to host a VIP fund-

You may have heard of the Bad Girl’s Club, but even Oxygen’s hit TV show can’t hold a flame to Orlando’s charitable organization, Mel’s Bad Girls Club (MBGC). On August 9th, MBGC held

their 8th annual “Prom” at the newly remodeled Orchid Garden in Downtown Orlando. Whether you loved your prom, hated it or missed it all together, MBGC gave adults the chance to do it all over again and make “new” prom memories with a twist! Themed “A Night in the Roaring 20’s,” this year’s prom included over 100 silent auction items, the crowing of a 2014 Prom King and Queen, and of course a live band and DJ to keep the dancing going all night long! The 2014 MBGC Prom benefited B.A.S.E Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. On August 22nd, the Orlando Urban Music Festival took over the CFE Arena and brought with it a fantastic line-up of musical performances that were enjoyed by all. The event was headlined by Grammy Award Winning R&B superstar Anthony Hamilton. The festival also featured the likes of R&B stars Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mali Music. Hilarious comedian Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson hosted the packed event and kept the laughs coming all night long as several of urban music’s most beloved performers took stage at this highly anticipated show. < Know of a Not-To-Be Missed Event? Do Tell!

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Luxury interior design techniques are always on trend, and as 2014 dawns, experts agree on a series of five design techniques that are reoccurring in 2014. If you’re considering a new look for your home, evaluate these style trends. >

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1) Bejeweled Kitchens: The kitchen is truly the centerpiece of a home. Now, more than ever, unique design trends are emphasizing the functionality and beauty of this special room. In 2014, bold color palettes in gemstone shades of purple, green and red are complimented by elaborate or vintage light fixtures. They’re topped off with back splashes and countertops composed of synthetic materials that imitate semi-precious stones like agate and malachite. >


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2) Honey-tone wood: In stark contrast to the heavy, bold wood tones that were previously in style are 2014’s lighter, fresh colors like walnut and ash. 3) Turquoise: Brilliant, bold turquoise tones are taking over the interior design market. They’re in use for everything from accent cushions to upholstery to wall colors. Turquoise is the perfect compliment to all shades of brown, gray and black and ensures a unique, memorable tone for any room. 4) Hair on Hide: The unique textures of hair on hide furniture add a creative touch to every room. Chair cushions, lampshades and rugs have all embraced this style trend for 2014. > OrlandoStyleMagazine.com


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Most of the population can only dream of achieving the wealth that today’s stars tend to rake in on a daily basis. Actors, musicians, athletes and dozens of other celebrities can—and often do—make millions of dollars off of being in the spotlight. Yet somehow we still manage to hear superstar[s] stories of financial woes and bankruptcy. For some like me, it might seem unfathomable that a celeb could drop the financial ball so horribly and so irreversibly fail at managing their finances. At the end of the day, however, they’re only human and for the following celebs, being human also means being broke as a joke.

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DRAKE BELL

$581,000

Nickelodeon child star Drake Bell filed for bankruptcy in February of this year. At the young age of 27, Bell claimed he was in debt to the tune of $581,000. The former star of the hit children’s comedy show Drake & Josh listed the value of his house at $1.575 million, although he owes $1.597 million. According to court documents, Bell says his earnings are $2,820 a month, but his expenses total well over that at $18,771. Bell felt the financial hit hardest when his yearly earnings dropped from $408,000 in 2012, to only $14,099 in 2013. Bell is currently recording new music and has taken to touring in an effort to pay back his many bills and reclaim that lavish lifestyle that cost him so much.

JANICE DICKINSON

$1 MILLION

It appears not even models are safe from Uncle Sam! The “world’s first supermodel” Janice Dickinson filed for bankruptcy last year, owing $1 million. Over half of the 58 year-old’s bill was owed to the government and most of the remaining thousands is in checking overdraft fees and unpaid medical bills to her many plastic surgeons and dermatologists. “I am upset and taking every step to pay everyone back and I feel terrible about it,” said Dickinson during an interview about her debt troubles. On the bright side, City National Bank recently agreed to settle her $300k+ debt to them for just $100,000. Their reason? Her age and lack of assets will make it difficult for her to earn any money... Ouch!

AARON CARTER

$2 MILLION+ Pop star and former teen sensation Aaron Carter was deep in the hole when he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in late 2013. According to legal documents, Carter’s assets totaled a measly $8,232.16, but he owed more than $2 million with over half of that belonging to the IRS. According to the singer’s representative, the majority of the debt is from more than 10 years ago when he was a minor and not in control of his finances. However, Carter’s story is one of the few here that does have a “happy” ending. After filing a bankruptcy petition and completing a credit counseling class and a course in personal finance management, a judge completely dismissed all of Carter’s debts earlier this year. Despite owing millions, the 26-year-old singer is now free to press the restart button on his life and hope for a better financial journey this time around. StyleToMe.com


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SINBAD

10 MILLION + David Adkins is the famous ‘90s comedian and actor better known as Sinbad and he is our second broke celebrity who has filed for bankruptcy twice. Sinbad’s first case was dismissed in 2009 due to filing incorrect documentation. He was able to file again for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year after claiming he owes nearly $11 million with only $131,000 in assets. Sinbad broke down his bills as owing $374,979 to American Express, $32,199 to Bank of America, $2.3 million to the CA Franchise Tax Board, $8.3 million to the IRS for taxes from 1998-2006, as well as owing both state and federal taxes from 2009-2012. According to the bankruptcy docs, Sinbad earns only $16,000 per month and can’t afford to pay his bills. The 57 year old’s self-help book, “Sinbad’s Guide to Life” is currently for sale on Amazon for a few bucks each. Something tells me there won’t be much financial advice to be found in there though.

MC HAMMER

$13 MILLION Stanley Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, has become a “must-have” story in any list of celebs who went bankrupt. The award winning rapper shot to fame with hit tracks such as “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit.” He became the first to have a diamond certified hip-hop album and his lifestyle began to reflect that rather quickly. Among other extravagant and lavish expenses, Hammer paid $9.3 million for a mansion in Northern California and then spent over twice that amount on custom features. Due to low album sales, debts, and the excessive lifestyle lived above his means, Hammer and his wife ultimately filed for Chapter 11 in 1996 and began the long process of paying back his debtors and the IRS. Fortunately the 52 year old knows that his high profile bankruptcy became a big joke and he has no shame in making fun of himself by appearing in self-deprecating commercials and poking fun at his situation on reality TV.

TONI BRAXTON

$18.3 MILLION Multi-grammy award winning artist Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy twice, once in 1998 and again in 2010. The “Unbreak my heart” singer soon followed in the footsteps of many broke celebrities who have turned to reality television in a desperate attempt to make some extra cash. Last month, WE premiered the fourth season of Braxton’s show “Braxton Family Values” which is helping the 46 year old pay off some of her massive bills. $16 million out of her $18.3 million debt is owed to record labels although she has admitted to struggling with compulsive home shopping as well. Braxton, who also unfortunately suffers and struggles with Lupus, lost over $50 million after her illness prevented her from being able to perform scheduled shows in Las Vegas. <

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A HEALTHY WAY OF EATING By Maria Delis

> Supported by the National Heart, Lung, and

Blood Institute (NHLBI), DASH ranks high on nutri-

dietary recommendations to prevent osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.”

tious plans lists. Its acronym stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Although the diet’s

What about shedding those extra pounds? Well, it’s

primary aim is to lower blood pressure and to im-

no secret that eating more veggies (while avoiding

prove blood lipid levels, DASH can have a positive

saturated fats and refined sugars) can help you

effect on your waistline too. Unlike other diets that

maintain a healthy weight. Nutrition expert Marla

promise miracles and place restrictions on important

Heller, MS, RD, used the DASH research to develop

food groups, DASH focuses on limiting daily sodium

a weight-loss plan that promises better health.

intake and adding more whole grains, fresh fruit and

During phase one, you cut out whole grains and fruit.

veggies to your plate. Six or fewer servings per day

During this 2-week, “low-carb transition phase,”

of lean meats are also allowed. In other words, you

you will immediately notice effects on the waistline.

cut out the junk: Avoid processed foods (which are

In the second phase you reintroduce fruit, starchy

loaded with sodium) and limit refined sugars and

veggies, and whole grains into your diet. Take note

saturated fats.

that the DASH plan has more daily servings of fiber that can cause gastrointestinal discomfort in some

Coronary heart disease and stroke are two of the

individuals. This is why it is highly recommended

leading causes of mortality in the United States. A

that you gradually increase your intake of fiber-rich

typical American diet consists of 3,300 milligrams of

foods. You should also chat with your physician

sodium per day, and according to Harvard’s School

about what sodium level is right for you. And, if your

of Public Health, 75 percent of the sodium comes

main goal is to lose weight quickly, aim for 1,600

from processed foods. Why is high salt intake so

calories per day.

dangerous? Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure, which strains your heart. Eventually this

Of course, a healthy weight-loss plan should include

can damage your blood vessels and organs. Accord-

exercise too. In a 2010 study, overweight partici-

ing to a study published in the Archives of Internal

pants with high blood pressure who exercised and

Medicine, individuals who consume large amounts

followed the DASH diet plan, lost on average 19

of sodium, and low amounts of potassium, have

pounds in 4 months. As always, consult with your

a higher risk of dying from a heart attack. But the

physician about the right type of exercise for you

good news is that by changing your dietary habits

and your goals. For more information on the DASH

you can minimize your risk!

Diet Weight Loss Solution, visit dashdiet.org <

DASH is a healthy way of eating because the plan is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and protein. Moreover, DASH research showed that a diet plan containing 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day lowered blood pressure. And a plan containing only 1,500 mg had an even greater effect. So, who should try DASH? Individuals who have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, African Americans, and adults aged 51 and older. According to the Mayo Clinic, the diet “is also in line with

DASH IS A HEALTHY WAY OF EATING BECAUSE THE PLAN IS RICH IN POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM, FIBER, AND PROTEIN.

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50 - HEALTH & BEAUTY

FACE TIME GETTING THAT RUNWAY GLOW By Autumn Barker

> With fall comes the end of hurricane season and the start of pumpkin spice lattes, football, and hopefully, sweater weather! After a long summer spent in the sun by the pool and/or beach, it’s time to give your skin a little attention. Time to put away that tanning oil and bring out the moisturizers!

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The fall runways feature fresh, dewy

enriched with rose extract and provides

Maran offers several products made

complexions with minimal makeup, but

intense moisture for dry and dull skin.

from 100 percent pure Argan oil that are

after months in the Florida sun it may

ideal for both your face and body.

seem a bit daunting to step out with a

Many people leave exfoliating out of

naked face. These tried and true skin care

their skincare routine, but it is a key

After spending your time pampering your

tips are sure to give you a clean, glowing

factor to achieving that enviable runway

face, take a moment to show your lips a

complexion even Cate Blanchett would

glow. Chances are that the summer spent

little TLC. While most of us are religious

be proud of.

outdoors and in the sun has left your skin

about our skincare regimens, we often

feeling rough and looking dull due to the

neglect our lips. It’s important to use a

As you begin switching up your closet

buildup of dead skin cells and clogged

lip scrub every couple of days to remove

and pulling out your fall wardrobe, you

pores. Exfoliating several times a week

dead cells that cause chapping and keep

should also be switching up your skin-

will remove any dead skin and keep skin

lips soft and smooth. Tarte Maracuja Lip

summertime quires

re-

astringent

based facial cleansers to keep pores clear

of

the

oil

and sweat that the Florida

heat

and

Exfoliant and Lush

WITH TIME AND DEDICATION ON YOUR PART YOU TOO CAN HAVE RADIANT SKIN THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE GLOW OF A RUNWAY MODEL.

care routine. While

humidity is sure to bring out, your fall

Mint Julips are both made from natural ingredients and are sure to give you soft, kissable lips. Be sure to apply a rich lip balm, like Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip

Treatment

or

cleanser should be more moisturizing.

feeling soft and looking radiant. Be sure

Korres Lip Butter after exfoliating to

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming

to be gentle when exfoliating – while

lock in moisture and promote surface

Cleanser, Origins A Perfect World An-

exfoliating has many amazing benefits,

rejuvenation.

tioxidant Cleanser with White Tea, and

it can also damage your skin cells if you

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser are great face

scrub too harshly. Laura Mercier Flawless

Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen.

washes that will thoroughly cleanse you

Skin Face Polish and Murad Pore Reform

Even if it’s cloudy out the sun’s rays can

without stripping your skin of essential

Skin Smoothing Polish are two products

still burn your skin. Protecting your skin

moisture.

that will gently exfoliate without drying

will help prevent skin cancer, dark spots,

or irritating your skin.

wrinkles, and is the most important step

After a summer spent slathering on

in your skincare routine. Fortunately,

sunscreen, your pores are probably in

After exfoliating, apply a rich moisturizer

there are some great products, like Fresh

need of some extra deep cleaning. Using

to keep skin elastic and well hydrated. In

Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+

a clay mask a few times a week will clear

the fall your skin needs more emollient

and Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisture

out clogged pores leaving skin feeling

creams to help it retain moisture and

SPF 47, that will provide you with sun

smoother and looking brighter. Try First

keep wrinkles at bay. Créme de la Mer

protection without a greasy finish.

Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask

original moisturizing cream and La

with Red Clay or Tarte Amazonian Clay

Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturizer

Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy

Double Detox Exfoliating Facial Mask for

are two rich moisturizers that will provide

way to immediately have luminous skin.

deep cleansing that will leave your skin

you with maximum moisture-retention

But with a bit of time and dedication on

feeling refreshed. If you prefer single-use

to promote soft and luminous skin, and

your part you too can have radiant skin

masks, check out Sephora Collection’s

reduce the appearance of wrinkles and

that will give you the glow of a runway

line which offers eight different fiber

fine lines. If you tend towards very dry

model. <

masks made to target specific issues.

skin try using Argan oil, which is packed

The Sephora Collection Rose Mask

full of vitamin E and essentially fatty

is a great choice for fall because it is

acids that nourish and hydrate skin. Josie

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SIMPLE CURES FOR GETTING MORE SLEEP By Emily Topper

> Ah, September.The kids are back in school, the weekends are packed with activities, and you’re running amuck trying to get everything done--even if it means sacrificing sleep. You know you’re supposed to get the recommended seven hours a night, but your life (and your brain) just aren’t allowing it. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Sure, the end of summer might make you a bit crankier than usual

Does that sound like you? If so, it’s time to start taking your health

(who would want to stop going to the beach every day?), but

seriously. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, and

your sour mood may be related to your lack of sleep. Those who

inflammation, which in turn can cause premature aging, heart

get little sleep or suffer from insomnia typically have short fuses,

disease, stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Staying on top of your

terrible memory and an insatiable hunger.

schedule is important, but it’s not worth the health risks and mood changes that insomnia can cause. But don’t worry, these tips and tricks are sure to help you finally catch some z’s.

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First (and we know you don’t want to hear this), you need to cut the caffeine. Stick to a cup of your favorite brew in the morning, but halt all coffee consumption after lunch. If you’re a regular Starbucks junkie, you may feel like your venti triple-shot latte only gave you enough energy for one hour. In actuality, your first cup of caffeine is more than enough to get you through the day, whether or not you want to admit it. On average, one cup of coffee should stay in your system for around seven to eight hours--enough to get you out of bed and through your workday. Same rules apply to you, soda and energy drinkers: One and done.

So you’ve cut the caffeine, but an after-hours drink at your favorite pub won’t cause any harm, right? Wrong. Ladies, this one’s especially for you: Cut out the bedtime booze. While men can toss back a beer before bed and sleep like a baby, studies show that women who do the same have a harder time sleeping. If you simply must have a substitute, try a room temperature glass of water or a cup of warm milk.

Chances are, your workday isn’t quite over when you leave the office. Between picking up the kids from school, going to your dentist appointment and making dinner, you hardly have time to think. As difficult as it may be, take some time for yourself when you get home--even it’s just for a few minutes. Put a hold on all distractions to read a chapter of your favorite book or hop on the treadmill for thirty minutes. In addition to helping you destress, this personal time is perfect for winding down before you climb into bed.

Before your head hits the pillow at night, make sure your bedroom is your sanctuary. Turn off your phone completely before getting under the covers--your emails and Instagram will have to wait. If your phone is your wake-up call, that could be part of the problem. Switch off your favorite digital device in exchange for an actual alarm clock. Sleeping is sure to be easier when you aren’t waiting for the next text or Facebook like. But don’t just stop at your phone: Turn off your iPod, laptop and tablet, too. While you would think that straining your eyes would make them more tired, keeping your laptop open means you’ll spend more time on Netflix instead of in dreamland.

Unfortunately, shutting off the phone doesn’t necessarily mean that your brain turns off as well. If you toss and turn half the night while thinking about everything you have to do the next day, you may need a fresh scent to help you unwind. Worried about starting a new job or the state of your finances? Sniff some valerian root. Convinced that car repair will totally empty your savings? Try some lavender oil. These aromas will relax your mind so that you can finally get some sleep.

Aromas aren’t only used for helping you sleep at night. If you’re still struggling to hold up your eyelids at work the next morning, some natural scents will give you a little pick-me-up (no, it’s not the coffee bean--keep dreaming). Pop a peppermint in your mouth or squeeze a few drops of lemon into your ice water at lunch for an energy burst. This is the healthy way to keep you moving forward, especially if you’re sure you won’t last another 30 minutes without a Red Bull. And yeah, you might not need that triple-shot latte after all! <

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54 - DON’T MISS THE BEAT

Ariana Grande One Less Problem By Courtney Caggiano

> With her 2014 hit single, “Problem,”

Ariana Grande has transformed herself from a teen acting sensation into one of pop music’s most talked about talents. A Florida native, Ariana Grande was raised in Boca Raton, where she began acting and singing at the age of six. Kicking off her career on the Nickelodeon children’s sitcom, Victorious, Grande had found herself in the role of a teen idol well before the start of her music career, with nearly 15 million Twitter followers and a spinoff television series, Sam & Cat.

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This acting career turned out to be a

to reach success. The album did not stay

needed: when the song made its digital

bittersweet beginning for Grande. Al-

on the charts for long, but that did not

released at midnight on April 28th, the

though it provided her with the expo-

stand in the way of Grande taking the

song reached number one on the iTunes

sure needed to take on the pop music

next step in her career.

charts in 37 minutes, even before it had

world as a teen singer, it prevented her

any radio airplay.

from following her musical dream to her

Yours Truly caught the attention of Swed-

fullest potential. Grande was given the

ish songwriter and producer, Max Mar-

“Problem” is just a taste of Grande’s lat-

opportunity to release her debut album

tin, who sought earnestly to work with

est album, My Everything, which show-

in 2011, yet this bubblegum-pop record

the young star. Martin, backed by his

cases the singer’s vibrant personality and

was more of an attempt by her label to

team of world-class Swedish writers and

flair for 90s music. The second single

sell music to her Nickelodeon fans rath-

producers, soon began to create what

from the album, “Break Free,” features

er than a chance for Grande to prove

would

paramount

an electric, dance vibe that is reminis-

herself musically. Her first single, “Put

musical achievement. For a mere three

cent of R&B classics from the previous

Your Hearts Up,” is a song that Grande

weeks, Martin and his team created a

generation, coupled with an empower-

views as a regretful decision, made by

collection of original songs, with Grande

ing message with which Grande hopes

her management simply to appeal to her

writing a few lyrics. Although both Mar-

to inspire her fans. My Everything is

tween audience. The song did not allow

tin and Grande felt that success was on

Grande’s opportunity to present her true

Grande to portray herself as the artist

the rise, they did not expect the amaz-

self to those who have been supporting

she had always longed to be, however,

ing reaction they would receive for the

her since her early days on Nickelode-

this kid-friendly single proved to be a

single, “Problem.” Written by Martin’s

on, and the inspirational lyrics of “Break

stepping-stone to becoming the artist

writing partner, Savan Kotecha, the song

Free” share Grande’s belief in self-assur-

she is now.

was created to push all of the boundaries

ance.

become

Grande’s

of standard hit songwriting. The strucIn 2013, Grande received more freedom

ture of the song is vastly different from

In addition to taking over pop music with

from her record label, and her sopho-

that of average pop standards; while the

a confident new album, Grande has also

more album, Yours Truly, was released as

chorus of “Problem” is minimalistic with

become a cultural fashion icon. Chal-

an assortment of adult R&B tunes, which

whispery vocals, the verse jumps right

lenging the style that is expected for

suited Grande, both as a singer and a

into Grande’s over-the-top singing style.

most pop princesses, Grande has adapt-

young woman of confidence. This album

ed her wardrobe into a collection of

featured guest appearances by Mac Mill-

One of the major selling points of

1960s throwback looks. In her music vid-

er and Big Sean, and even produced a

Grande’s single is the accompaniment

eo for “Problem,” Grande channels the

Top 10 hit with her catchy single, “The

of one of 2014’s most notable rap art-

pop icons from the days of mod dresses

Way.” Yours Truly, quite a drastic change

ist. Iggy Azalea, who topped the charts

and go-go boots, and her stage shows

from her previous record, provided

with

“Fancy,”

are never complete without retro pony-

Grande with a way out of the teen-pop

joins Grande on the track with a rap-

tails and feminine mini skirts. Grande has

scene, but the intense filming schedule

inspired bridge that gives “Problem”

created a style all her own, which is sim-

of her television series hindered the pro-

genre-crossover

ply an outward expression of the artist

motion that her album needed in order

rap brought Grande’s song the edge it

her

breakout

smash,

potential.

Azalea’s

that was always within her. <

DON’T MISS THE BEAT - Get ready to fill those MP3 Players. Check out this list of albums to watch out for this month.

Kenny Chesney Album: The Big Revival

Maroon 5 Album: V

Ne-Yo Album: Non Fiction

The Kooks Album: Listen

Weezer Album: Everything Will Be Alright in The End

Young Jeezy Album: Seen It All


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TIFFANY H OUGHTO N UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL By Courtney Caggiano

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> Currently traveling the nation on MKTO’s American Dream Tour, Tiffany Houghton is a Texas-raised

pop icon in the making and could easily earn the title of America’s sweetheart. This up-and-coming singersongwriter sat down with Orlando Style Magazine before her House of Blues concert on July 30th for an exclusive interview to discuss her musical taste, retro style, and how she views her career as a throwback to the 1950s.

OS

At what point in your musical journey did

very first time while I was on this tour. I

OS: How important do you think it is

you begin to think that you were on your

was being broken up with and found out

to incorporate visual aesthetic into a

way to the career of your dreams?

that he was cheating on me before hand,

musical style?

when I was 15 years old and moved out there when I was 17, and honestly, it was just hard. There was so much rejection; I was all alone, I didn’t know many people… so for a really long time, I just had to literally live on faith that it was going to work out even though nothing looked like it was going to. I just had to believe that it

was going to work out. So I would say when it kind of started changing for

TH: My manager is honestly one of my

I WANT EACH SONG TO HAVE ITS OWN LIFE, ITS OWN CONCEPT AND ITS OWN THEME

biggest influences for style, and she has taught me so much and told me

TH

I went to Nashville for the first time

me was when I wrote “High.” That song gave me, more than anything,

how important it is in order to bring in people; it’s an audio-visual thing. I see clothes as a part of my heart, and it’s not just some small thing, but it really is a part of the artist; it’s a part of the art. OS: What do you think the modern musical acts today should learn from the artists of the 50s and 60s?

the confidence to move to LA and to

so I wrote this song that is just basically

TH: I have studied a lot about the music

know who I am as an artist and as a

about that raw emotion and anger. It

industry of the 50s and 60s, but more

musician.

ended up being funny, and I think a lot

than anything, I really respect how

of people relate to it. It’s called “The

music was made back then. I take a lot

Best.”

of influence from the way music was put

OS: Who are some of your greatest influences as a musician? TH: I love singer-songwriters; I love Avril

out at that time, and that was through OS: How would you define your fashion

singles, and for me as a songwriter,

sense of style?

[songs] come as they happen and as life

Lavigne, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. I

happens, and I want each song to have

love Shania Twain, and Sara Bareilles,

TH: I grew up in a home where my

its own life, its own concept and its own

and I think those all kind of go in a little

parents

my

theme. I think sometimes albums can

melting pot and then out comes Tiffany

mom always told me to be a lady, and

cheapen songs and take away from the

Houghton.

honestly I just love the feminine style of

life that each song should have. It takes

the 50s and 60s, so I take a lot of my

away from the story. I think more than

OS: For those who have never heard your

fashion influence from that time period. I

anything, singles is the way to go at this

music, which of your songs represents

love the feminine waist; the silhouette is

time. One song got me where I am right

your style and personality the best?

just so great. So I love little things from

now, and that’s “High.” <

were

conservative

and

that time, and I like to throw in different TH: I wrote this really funny song, and it

things; I like unique pieces that you can

actually got played on the radio for the

draw other things from. StyleToMe.com


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Knock it off! WORDS OF CAUTION TO THE CONSIGNMENT CONSUMER. By Mark NeJame Contributor Vanessa Braeley, Associate Attorney with NeJame Law

> Trouble trusting designer resale sites?

Join the club (or maybe you already did, for that 15% off

coupon). Websites such as Tradsey, The RealReal, Yoogi’s Closet and Vaunte are popping up everywhere, inviting us to splurge on the once-unattainable designer goods. Hey, for discounts up to 70% off, perhaps we can afford that Louis Vuitton luggage set. But when it comes to clicking “purchase,” pulling the trigger leaves a lot of us gun-shy. What if it’s a fake? What if there is undisclosed damage?

WHAT IF IT’S A FAKE?! Online designer resale, or “cyclical

• The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufac-

• In 2008, the U.S. Customs and Border

commerce” as Tradsey’s Tracey DiNunzio

tured Goods Act (passed in 2006) spe-

Protection and US Immigration and Cus-

likes to call it, has come a long way since

cifically targets the practice of attach-

toms Enforcement seized over $272.7

eBay. The fashion community has gained

ing labels to fake products and passing

million in counterfeit goods as they were

much support over the past decade to

off to consumers poorly made items as

brought into the US. The number one

stop the sale of knockoffs:

brand-name ones.

item seized was footwear.

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Designers are prosecuting under trade-

it to a local retail store or appraiser who

The most important takeaway is this – if

mark and patent infringement now more

can give you an expert opinion.

you don’t support the designers (by sup-

than ever.

porting the counterfeiters), the problem • Companies such as Chanel issue serial

will continue.

The serious consignment brokers (such

numbers for each item. If available, veri-

all online resellers as scams has come

as the companies listed above) lend

fy the serial number with the authenticity

and gone; we have plenty of trustwor-

their support by backing their items up

card, if given. There is plenty of informa-

thy websites to visit. Just be smart, do

with Guarantees of Authenticity and a

tion online about investigating genuine

your homework and investigate upon

reasonable return policy.

designer serial numbers.

receipt… you’ll have a complete set of

With this in

mind, still proceed with caution. Some

Louis luggage before you know it. <

knockoffs can be extremely convincing.

• Make sure to act fast! Generally con-

So if you paid a small fortune for that

signment shops give you 30 days or less

Chanel crossbody, play it safe and take

to return with a valid reason. If you are

these things into consideration:

going to do your research, leave yourself enough time.

• Real designer bags may have some minor flaws. The stitching is a giveaway.

• Do not purchase anything designer off

Most luxury goods are hand stitched and

of sites that do not guarantee authentic-

may have some inconsistencies in the

ity.

pattern. Don’t act a pro, though! Take

The time to disregard

Mark NeJame


60 - TOYS

NEMESIS TRION

THE NEMESIS STORY

> Trion Supercars (TSC) is a California

Hand-crafted

by

based Automotive Technology Com-

in

Trion

pany. TSC was founded by a team of

developed an advanced ultra-luxury,

passionate automotive designers, motor

high

sport innovators and technologists.

designed around the driver. We provide

America,

performance

skilled

artisans

SuperCars line

of

has

vehicles

the excitement throughout the vehicle Trion’s objective is to design, engineer,

design. The exterior lines are flawless

assemble,

advanced

from the front growl to the captivating

supercars for the mid-to-very-high-end

tail configuration. The interior packaging

market segments. We utilize the latest

will comfortably accommodate 96th

engineering technologies from various

percentile (6’4”) drivers in all models.

industries to combine power, aesthetics,

The Nemesis cabin offers a unique

safety and comfort.

blend

market

&

sell

of

cutting-edge

technology

with reduced volumes to optimize the TSC intends to challenge European

space. Digital flat panel controls provide

dominance of the prestigious exotic

access to the latest internet crazes while

supercar category.

masking the core function of vehicle

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programming.

The

displays

provide access to program the

product execution and customer satisfaction.

Nemesis powertrain as well as a few predefined operating options.

THE NEMESIS PERFORMANCE

The “Predator Mode” will modify

NUMBERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

interior

illumination,

height,

suspension, exhaust and rev limits.

Over 2000hp Twin Turbo Charged

TSC has designed the vehicle to be

V8 Engine 0 — 60 in 2.8 seconds

driven not just admired. The rear

270 MPH + 8 Speed Sequential

trunk was specifically developed

Transmission Lightweight Carbon

to accommodate golf clubs or

fiber body/chassis with Inconel

luggage so owners do not have to

elements. <

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ics that are programmable to suit the drivers mood! Trion SuperCars strives for absolute perfection in

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62 - LIVING ‘N STYLE

LUXURY ESSENTIALS TOM FORD TOBACCO VANILLE The richly-blended combination of spices, wood sap, tobacco leaves, and vanilla of this classic fragrance the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe. The rich tobacco notes and sweeter vanilla tones blend together to form a sensually masculine scent that is ideal for both everyday wear and special occasions. $215 nordstrom.com

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO PINTO MEDALLION CAP-TOE OXFORD These Salvatore Ferragamo leather oxfords are a sure way to be on trend this season. The brogue detailing and clean design exude both sophistication and style that will enhance your wardrobe. $620 neimanmarcus.com

TOM FORD MEN’S FRANKLIN AVIATOR SUNGLASSES Tom Ford sunglasses are known for being both glamorous and luxurious. This pair’s sleek black frames and timeless design will add an effortless elegance to any outfit that will make you the eyewear envy of all your friends. $360 bloomingdales.com

DOLCE & GABBANA SINGLE GUSSET LEATHER BRIEFCASE The clean lines and structured design of Dolce & Gabbana’s Single Gusset Leather Briefcase make it a fall wardrobe staple. Complete with interior zip and organizational pockets, this Italian-made briefcase is a must-have. $1845 neimanmarcus.com

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JOHN HARDY METEORITE & BLACK SAPPHIRE CUFF LINKS These earth-inspired cufflinks made from black sapphire, meteorite and sterling silver are the perfect accessory to enhance your everyday suit. The subtle elegance of the beautifully crafted cufflinks will add an air of sophistication to your wardrobe. $550 bloomingdales.com


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SUNNY L. HILLARY Real Estate Law

> Sunny’s practice focus is

foreclosure

defense

and

loss

a homeowner has been foreclosed on by their lender.

mitigation agreements, including, but not limited to, short sales and

In addition to writing the “Side Bar”

loan modifications. She successfully

article in the Orange County Bar

negotiates short sales with full

Association’s monthly magazine,

waivers of the deficiency balance

The Briefs, Sunny volunteers with

as

modifications

the Legal Aid Society of Orange

with principal and interest rate

County by taking on foreclosure

reductions.

and landlord-tenant cases on a pro

well

as

assists

loan

Additionally, Sunny homeowners

avoid

bono basis. She is also Immediate

foreclosure by their lenders and

Past

their homeowner’s associations by

Orlando

negotiating

payment

Association. In the past, Sunny has

affordable

plans and settlements.

President Asian

of

the

Greater

American

Bar

Sunny

been on the Board of Directors for

works closely with her clients to

the Orange County Bar Association,

understand their needs and wants

Young Lawyers’ Section.

and to advise as to the most effective course of action to take.

Sunny earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Civilizations

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What sets Sunny apart from other

from the University of Toronto, and

attorneys is her personal care and

her Juris Doctor from Michigan

attention to her clients and her

State University College of Law.

ability to achieve results.

Sunny

Sunny is admitted to practice in

regularly gets foreclosure sales

all Florida state courts. She lives

postponed so that her clients can

in Delaney Park with her husband,

achieve an alternative resolution

daughter, and Labrador Retriever,

such as a short sale or a loan

and

modification or a settlement of

December. <

the debt. As a former mortgage Sunny L. Hillary, Esquire Hillary, P.A. Attorneys At Law 605 E. Robinson Street, Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-237-0911 F: 407-442-2986 www.hillarylaw.com

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foreclosure attorney for a major bank,

Sunny

is

aware

of

the

internal policies and procedures that the banks follow, and uses her special knowledge to her clients’ benefit.

Sunny

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ORLANDO’S

LEGAL

ELITE

> The lawyers profiled here exemplify a

trial experience and results in past cases,

standard of excellence in their profession

but most factors are subjective such as the

and by so doing have garnered respect and

quality or persuasiveness of an argument

esteem of their colleagues.

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reputation in the legal community and the community at large, in the location where

Lawyers and readers have been asked to

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MICHAEL A. MILLS, ESQ. Law Offices Of Michael A. Mills, LLC. Michael A. Mills, Esq. Law Offices Of Michael A. Mills, LLC. 823 N. Thornton Avenue Orlando, FL 32803 20 3rd St. S.W. Suite 302 Winter Haven, FL 33880 P: 321-234-2900 F: 407-826-1607 www.injuryassistancelawfirm.com

> Michael Mills graduated from FSU College of Law in 2000 and went on to work for one of the largest insurance defense firms in Florida. After 6 years of insurance defense work, he switched sides to work at a mid-size firm for 2 years. Then in 2008, he started his first firm, Graham & Mills, Attorneys at Law, LLC, with a friend and law school colleague. They ran a successful personal injury and criminal defense firm for 6 years. This year Mr. Mills turned his attention to launching his own firm, Law Offices of Michael A. Mills, LLC also known as the “The Injury Assistance Law Firm.” Like the name indicates, the Injury Assistance Law Firm focuses on assisting individuals who have been injured through no fault of their own; to make sure they are fairly compensated for their injuries. “Many people believe that the insurance company will do the right thing and take care of them accordingly. Unfortunately, as I have seen far too many times, an individual’s wellbeing isn’t the insurance company’s top priority.” When that happens, Mr. Mills wants people to know that his firm is here to help them navigate the very confusing and time consuming process of filing a claim. His staff consists of an associate attorney, and office manager, 2 paralegals, and a marketer, as well as a case manager in his satellite office located in Winter Haven, Florida. Mr. Mills continues to be involved in the community. His firm sponsors many community events and gives money to many of the local charities. Central Florida has a huge Caribbean market, which Mr. Mills is a part of, being from St. Croix, U.S.V.I. and proudly represents whenever he can. Already this year, the Injury Assistance Law Firm, has been proud sponsors at the Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival at Lake Eola, the Haitian Flag Day Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, the Corporate 5K Run/Walk event in downtown Orlando, and plans to sponsor many other upcoming events. Mr. Mills looks to grow his practice to the point where he can serve even more clients and bring them the assistance they need, in their time of need. His main office is in Orlando, at 823 N. Thornton Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803 and a satellite office in Winter Haven Florida at 20 3rd Street SW, Winter Haven, Florida 33880. He and his firm strive to be strong members of the community, and a firm that will be around for many years.

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> Business wise, Orlando has evolved from simply being a melting pot of individuals determined to do better than the generation before to being one of the top 10 locations for business in this country. Making it one of the hottest markets in the nation for business and professional growth is the region’s young, diverse, and educated workforce. This generation of passionate professionals like Attorney Coretta Smith of Anthony-Smith Law, is driving the business community with innovative thinking and a competitive advantage. Working hard and proving herself is what Coretta Smith has done since deciding to become an attorney at a young age and envisioning owning a law firm. Contending with everyone as a child, argumentative and speculative, Coretta seemed to be a natural for the courtroom. But at the age of 7, a destiny-defining moment would further shape Coretta’s life and her perspective. Molding her indomitable spirit for matriculation through the corridors of some of the country’s most prominent legal and academic societies would be the drunk driving accident that claimed her mother’s life. Adding insult to injury was the minimal sentence handed down to the driver due to a technicality. Even more incomprehensible for a child her age, was the fluidity with which the driver continued his life…little interruption and nominal consequence. Devastated, but committed to comprehend the legal process, young Coretta became an attorney at heart before ever entering the halls of a law school. After graduating from Georgetown University, Coretta entered the work force and was almost side-tracked from her goal of practicing law; except practicing law was purpose fueled by passion. A few years later, Coretta was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Her intelligence, workethic, and legal expertise prepared her to obtain a Juris Doctor and subsequently a license to practice Florida law in 1999. After law school, Coretta served on the legal defense team of two prominent law firms representing several major insurance carriers. Practicing with prudence, dedication, and aggression, in 2004 Coretta moved to the opposite side of the courtroom to represent consumers and individuals in claims against insurance companies. Her desire

to see the underrepresented receive a fair opportunity in the litigation process was the motivation for Coretta’s change in focus, as she sought to give a voice to individuals who otherwise may not have their interests met in the legal process. In 2007, Coretta established AnthonySmith Law with only one other employee, her cousin, Carla Anthony. Carla’s engineering background and MBA from the University of Houston qualify her to oversee the firm’s operations, including a staff of more than 10 employees. The Anthony-Smith team is as diverse as the firm’s clientele; speaking Spanish, French and Creole. A degree of the firm’s success is attributed to the multilingual, cross-cultural composition of the team. Coretta also attributes her success to the love and support of her husband, whose understanding was paramount especially in the firm’s beginning, as the hours were long and weekends were dedicated to the firm’s affairs. Anthony-Smith Law focuses on representing people against insurance companies in various insurance disputes; including but not limited to, property damage claims, homeowner’s claims, personal injury protection claims and wrongful denial of coverage claims. The firm also represents individuals who have been injured in automobile accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice claimants and nursing home neglect. The firm has recently expanded into immigration, foreclosure defense and business litigation. Coretta Smith is licensed to practice law in all counties in the State of Florida, as well as the Federal Courts for the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She also served on the Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee from 2008 - 2014. Coretta acknowledges the necessity of philanthropic support to fortify communities and strengthen families. She gives back through her involvement in many charitable events, including her engagement as a board member of Saving Our Sons, an organization dedicated to strengthening male leadership in underprivileged areas. As a result of her efforts, Coretta has received several awards and recognitions for her community service and the generous sponsorship donations provided by Anthony-Smith Law, P.A. <

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CORETTA

ANTHONY-SMITH Coretta Anthony-Smith Anthony-Smith Law, P.A. 5401 S. Kirkman Rd., Suite 610 Orlando, FL 32819 P: 407-299-8589 www.anthony-smithlaw.com

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CHRISTOPHER ATCACHUNAS The Atcachunas Law Firm, P.A.

> Mr. Atcachunas was born and

law school and passing the Florida Bar

raised in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Exam, he accepted employment at the

Growing up, Mr. Atcachunas was an avid

Office of the State Attorney in Orlando,

baseball player. Upon his graduation

Florida. As a State Attorney, Mr. Atcac-

from South Plainfield High School, he

hunas was assigned to and prosecuted

earned the distinction of All-County and

misdemeanor and traffic offenses.

All-Area Honorable Mention as a pitcher and designated hitter.

Prior to forming his own practice, Mr. Atcachunas was an associate at a

Mr. Atcachunas attended the University

private criminal defense firm in Orlando

of Tampa. While at UT, Mr. Atcachunas

from 2006-2011 where he mastered

“walked-on” to the Spartan baseball

his trial skills and handled thousands

team and played from 1999-2001. After

of

two years of playing NCAA baseball Mr.

Murder to Driving Under the Influence.

Atcachunas’ focus turned to academia

The Atcachunas Law Firm has been in

and decided to become an attorney.

existence since 2011 and prides itself on

cases

ranging

from

Attempted

being a boutique criminal defense firm.

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Mr. Atcachunas graduated from The

He handles all aspects of criminal law

University of Tampa with a Bachelor of

including all state offenses and federal

Science in Criminology and from there

offenses. He is a member of the Florida

was accepted to Barry University School

Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle

of Law in Orlando. Upon entry into

District

law school, Mr. Atcachunas was very

has also been involved in the local

enthusiastic about his legal career. Upon

community by handling expungements

completion of his first year at Barry, he

and sealings for the citizens of Orange

was accepted to the Barry Law Review

County through the Orange County

(top 10% of class) where he authored

Legal Aid program. In addition, he has

an article entitled, “What Makes the

been a member of the George C. Young,

Roulette Wheel Spin?: A Comparison

First Central Florida Inns of Court, the

of Nevada and New Jersey’s Gaming

Florida Association of Criminal Defense

Statutes and Regulatory Systems.”

Lawyers and the Orange County Bar

of

Florida.

Mr.

Atcachunas

Association.

ATCACHUNAS law firm Christopher J. Atcachunas, Esquire The Atcachunas Law Firm, P.A. 1520 East Amelia Street Orlando, FL 32803 P: 407-896-4994 F: 407-896-4943 C: 321-328-0986 www.usechris.com

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In addition to Law Review, Mr. Atcachunas was also the founding president of

Aside from the legal aspect of his life, Mr.

the Barry University School of Law Fed-

Atcachunas enjoys weightlifting, playing

eralist Society. The Federalist Society is

golf and various spectator sports, which

an organization of conservatives and lib-

translates to being a faithful New York

ertarians seeking reform of the current

Mets and New York Jets fan. <

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DAWN BERLANGA-HELMS, ESQ. Personal Injury Trial Attorney

> Dawn’s a local Hispanic girl -

challenge her intellectual curiosity and

Oakridge HS grad - UCF grad - and

unique ability to think outside the box;

finally FSU law school grad.

and 3) those that pay the bills.

At age 14, she told her mom, “I think

Dawn is a big animal rights advocate.

it’s time I got a job.”. Two hours later,

Her sister, also a lawyer, teaches at FSU

she came home as a new employee of

law school. Her other sister, another

Wendy’s. Mom’s jaw dropped. Dawn

lawyer, is the director for the Department

would take a city bus to work, do

of Elections. One brother is a radiology

homework, work her shift and dad would

and the other a lawyer who works for the

come take her home at quitting time.

Jeb Bush foundation - not bad from an enlisted Air Force dad and the beautiful

She’s never stopped working hard.

Spanish mom who doesn’t even drive.

“There’s a certain pleasure in giving all you got to your job”. To Dawn, that

Dawn’s zeal earns her referrals from

applies whether serving singles with

adjusters, other lawyers, and most often,

cheese or serving the public as an

repeat business from former clients who

attorney. Hence, her motto “small firm,

love her.

big firm service”. Her empathy for the injured has taken Before college, she worked at ORMC as

a big metamorphosis. Recently, she

a phlebotomist specializing in pediatrics

is married to Roger, a locally well

and neonatal. She went on to give birth

respected 30+ year trial/lawyer, former

to 4 of her own and once had a hearing

president of ABOTA and a lifetime

the morning after giving birth to her

success in the bigger cases, but who

fourth child because she promised her

had to retire due to medical conditions.

client she would not let her down.

Her understanding of the plight of the

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injured grew immeasurably as a result of Dawn does some mediations helping

helping those in need.

other lawyers settle matters economically without the standard “chest beat-

Dawn throws herself into every case and

ing aggressive” approach too common

truly cares about her clients who she

these days.

regards as friends, even giving them her cell phone number. In the personal

As far as her litigation practice goes,

injury arena, that’s pretty much unheard

she needs three kinds of cases: 1) those

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that allow her to contribute back for the honor of being an advocate for the little guy against the big machine, such as insurance companies; 2) those that

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LORENA CARDAMA The Cardama Law Group, P.A. > “It has been both a surprise and an honor to have been voted as Orlando’s top Family Law Attorney of 2014 by my peers. It is reverent to know that in spite of having to work with other attorneys on opposite sides, we are all still able to respect each other’s efforts, dedication and passion for the profession. I am humbled by the recognition.” Ms. Lorena Cardama was born in Mexico and her family migrated to Florida when she was 7 years old in pursuit of the American dream. From a young age, she had to learn English dedicating herself to her studies. Her hard work paid off, she graduated from St. Cloud High School at the age of 16 and received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology from Stetson University in 2003. Ms. Cardama pursued her passion becoming the youngest law student enrolled in Barry University, at the age of 20. While in College and in Law School, Ms. Cardama worked full time at a local law firm which taught her a foundation of law that she still uses today. She opened her own firm, “The Cardama Law Group, P.A” in 2009, where she dedicated herself primarily to Family Law. She has helped hundreds of clients in their most sensitive moments which include: divorce, paternity cases, child support and adoption.

Lorena Cardama, Esq. The Cardama Law Group, P.A. 401 S. Rosalind Ave # 100 Orlando, FL. 32801 P: 407-704-8932

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“I understand the emotional nature and stress that can come along with worrisome family legal matters, as I have been divorced and a former single mother of twin girls,” said Ms. Cardama. These issues require having an attorney that cares to listen and listens to care. She has a unique client focused approach that provides her clients the opportunity to understand the legal process and value their legal rights; all while

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receiving professional and aggressive legal representation. It’s Ms. Cardama’s commitment to communication and personal attention that proves that her client’s peace of mind is truly her first priority. Ms. Cardama is highly involved with the community; she has been a volunteer of Teen Court since 1998 and is now serving as Teen Court Judge. She dedicates her time to teach young teenagers how to value the opportunities that are being provided to them and lead them in the right direction to pursue their legal careers. In 2013, Ms. Cardama received awards from the Supreme Court of Florida, the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association’s lapel pin in recognition of her exceptional pro bono services, as well as the prestigious Guardian of Justice Award from Community Legal Services of Mid Florida for her devotion in protecting children’s rights. In 2014 she was awarded the Osceola County Teen Court Pro Bono Award from the Community Legal Services of Mid Florida. “I am a strong believer that family comes first, I work hard all day, but when I get home it is time for my family. It is important that my daughters feel that they are my priority. As I practice what I preach, I tell my clients that all their choices should be made by putting the best interest of the children first. I am now happily married and as a blended family (or your new “Modern Family”) it is important for my husband and me to spend as much quality time with our children by traveling and teaching them world cultures and still be able to balance our family time with our professional careers,” states Ms. Cardama. <


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ASHLEY FILIMON, P.A. Orlando Family Law Attorney

> Ashley Filimon began her legal

resolutions to their parental involvement

practice with a focus on adoption, but

sooner than later. With that motto in

soon realized that children need an

mind, Ashley negotiates with opposing

advocate and a voice in other areas

attorneys to problem solve and come

of law. As a result, she expanded her

to agreements that benefit families.

practice to include divorce, paternity,

If negotiation can’t be accomplished;

guardianship

however, she advocates strongly for her

and

dependency.

She

hasn’t looked back since making that

clients and their children.

change and has become a strong voice for children in Central Florida.

As an adoptive parent herself, Ashley understands the emotions involved in

When people contact Ashley Filimon, P.A.

raising children and being faced with

they will find an approachable and

difficult decisions involving children.

knowledgeable attorney who efficiently

She doesn’t take that lightly. Instead,

works to help them get their families

she works with families to help them

back on track. Ashley is a down-to-

come to the best possible solution

earth attorney who listens to each of

for their situation. Many times, this

her clients’ unique legal situations and

ends in trial with the use of therapists,

maps out the best way to achieve the

expert witnesses and guardian ad litem

quickest result possible. The website for

attorneys. Regardless, Ashley has the

Ashley Filimon, P.A. describes it best –

experience combined with compassion

legalperson.com. At Ashley Filimon, P. A.

to represent families and guide them

each client is treated with respect and

through the legal process.

dignity and has their own legal person. Ashley

is

Florida

currently

a

Adoption

member Council,

of

It’s not just Ashley at Ashley Filimon,

the

P.A.. Clients are greeted with a friendly

Metropolitan Business Association, the

support staff of qualified paralegals and

Christian Chamber of Commerce and the

other professionals. Each person that

Orange County Bar. She graduated from

works at Ashley Filimon, P.A. shares

Barry University of Law and is admitted

the same passion and desire to help

to practice law in Florida. <

children that Ashley possesses. Whether the

situation

paternity

or

involves dissolving

Ashley Filimon, Esq. Ashley Filimon, P.A. 37 N. Orange Ave. Ste. 202 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-801-5022 www.legalperson.com afilimon@legalperson.com

establishing a

marriage

with timesharing, Ashley approaches each case with interest and efficiency. She

believes

that

children

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the

deserve

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DAVID S. GLICKEN Family Law

> David Glicken is a Florida native and a long-time resident of Orlando. David attended Bishop Moore High School and Florida State University. David obtained two Bachelor Degrees (Political Science & Criminal Justice) during his four years at FSU and was very involved with many extra-curricular activities including President of his Fraternity (Phi Gamma Delta) and President of the FSU Graduating Class of 1979. Upon graduation from Florida State, David attended Cumberland School of Law at Nationally Ranked Samford University (U.S. News & World Report) and graduated from law school in two years, versus the normal three years most attorneys need to obtain a Juris Doctorate of Law Degree (J.D.). Entering his 33rd year of practicing law, David began his legal career in December, 1981, with the Office of the State Attorney, in the Criminal Intake Division. In 1982, Mr. Glicken appeared for the first time before the Florida Supreme Court and successfully argued a case appealed directly from the Circuit Court. Within six months of starting at the State Attorney’s Office, David became the second Assistant State Attorney (and youngest) to be named as Legal Advisor to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI), a multi-law enforcement agency responsible for prosecuting organized crime, wiretap, electronic surveillance, prostitution, adult entertainment, RICO, pornography, obscenity, and drug possession/trafficking cases. In 1984, Mr. Glicken entered private practice and The Glicken Law Firm was founded in 1986. Mr. Glicken’s more than thirty-two years of legal experience have

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enabled him to represent his clients in a time-efficient and cost-effective manner. Mr. Glicken has previously represented clients in State and Federal Courts throughout Florida, including juvenile matters, civil litigation, personal injury, felonies, misdemeanors, and family law matters. Mr. Glicken has been Lead Attorney in multiple First Degree Death Penalty Murder Cases and has obtained civil jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00. David is also a former Adjunct-Professor at Valencia State College where he taught Criminal Law & Procedure and Business Law for ten years. The Glicken Law Firm is dedicated to primarily handling cases concerning Family Law, including divorce, child custody and visitation disputes, child support, premarital agreements, paternity, adoption, domestic violence, modifications and other complex family law matters. As early as 1988, Mr. Glicken was able to obtain custody rights for fathers, almost unheard of at that time. Mr. Glicken has appeared before the Florida Supreme Court several times during his career, as well as the District Court’s of Appeals throughout the State of Florida. David is a sole practitioner who personally handles every case and provides each client with the special care they deserve. Through the years, David’s clients have come to depend on his dedication, reliability, innovative strategies and continual professionalism. At The Glicken Law Firm, the family law client is not a case or a number, but an individual with distinct and personal needs which are attended to by the Staff and employees of the Firm. The Glicken Law Firm is wellknown for representing clients in high

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value asset divorce cases, as well as contested custody and alimony cases. Mr. Glicken has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida State University Torchbearer’s Board since 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors for the Diocese of Orlando Catholic Youth Sports League for nine years. Mr. Glicken was again re-elected for a fourth consecutive term as President of the Catholic Youth Sports League for the Diocese of Orlando, an non-profit organization serving nine Central Florida Counties. The organization will be meeting the sports needs of more than twenty-five Catholic Elementary Schools and the more than five thousand student-athletes attending the Diocesan elementary schools throughout Central Florida. Believing in the philosophy of giving back to the community, Mr. Glicken volunteers more than 1,700 hours each year to non-profit organizations in Central Florida, including volunteering as a soccer, basketball, track, and lacrosse coach. David’s brother, Douglas Glicken, is also an attorney in Orlando and is currently the President of the Central Florida SPCA/Humane Society. David lives in College Park with his wife, Lisa Vicars-Glicken, and their two wonderful daughters, Delaney and Devon, who attend St. James Cathedral School in Downtown Orlando. The Glicken Law Firm - your family law firm! < The Glicken Law Firm 840 Highland Avenue Orlando, Florida 32803 P: 407-648-5400 davidglicken@glickenlawfirm.com www.glickenlawfirm.com


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> Trakina L. Graham has been practicing law for over 14 years, representing clients in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and debt harassment. She owns Graham Law Group, LLC, a law firm dedicated to the protecting the rights of the injured and accused. Her primary objective is to represent each client vigorously and aggressively, ensuring that each client is treated fairly and gets the best possible settlement or outcome. Trakina is a long life resident of the State of Florida. She was born and raised in Daytona Beach. At a young age, her mother, Joyce, stressed a strong work ethic, integrity and honesty. She maintains these values in her professional and person life. Trakina attended the University of Florida on an academic scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor Sociology. After graduating from UF in 1997, she was awarded a full scholarship to Florida State University, College of Law. Trakina maintained an active mindset at FSU Law. She was a member and Vice President of the Mock Trial team, the Florida Bar Representative for FSU Law, an interim Supreme Court Justice for FSU, a member of several Bar and Trial Associations, and interned with Central Florida Legal Services, representing indigent people with family law issues and landlord tenant disputes. She began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in 2000, where she litigated thousands of cases ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. Ms. Graham became an Assistant Statewide Prosecutors, in 2004, exclusively working multi-jurisdictional complex criminal litigation cases, including Racketeering, Organized Criminal Conspiracies, Internet Crimes, Drug Trafficking and Fraud. In 2006, Ms. Graham used the skills she gained as a criminal litigator and transferred into civil law. She began working as a plaintiff’s attorney representing medical providers and injured persons.

She opened her own personal injury law firm with her long-time friend and colleague in 2008. In 2014, she established the Graham Law Group, LLC, where she focused on protecting the rights of the injured and accused. Trakina is a trial attorney. She has tried over 40 jury trials during her 14-year legal career. She maintains that “it is important that a client knows that if a trial is necessary, their attorney has the skill, competency, knowledge and experience to take their case to a jury.” Trakina is licensed to practice in Federal Court, Middle District of Florida and Florida State Courts. She is also member of the National Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Trakina handles all matters that comprise personal injury and criminal defense, including:

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Car accidents Slip and falls Tractor trailer accidents Wrongful death. Robbery Theft Manslaughter and homicide DUI/traffic Expunction/Sealing White collar crime Drug possession, sale and trafficking

Trakina recently expanded her office to handle debt harassment cases. She is committed to stopping credit card companies, banks and other debt collectors from engaging in unlawful collection practices. The Graham Law Group can help stop harassing phone calls and letters from creditors, recover up to $1,000 in damages, all at no cost to the client. Trakina believes “it is important to maintain vigilant and represent each client with knowledge, integrity, aggressiveness and a commitment to justice.” <

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TRAKINA L. GRAHAM Graham Law Group, LLC Trakina L. Graham Graham Law Group, LLC 3008 E. Robinson Street Orlando, FL 32803 P: 407-802-2968, F: 407 802 2978 / 866 941 5809 www.GrahamLawGroupLLC.com

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MATTHEW GUNTER Katz & Phillips, P.A.

> Matthew Gunter is a Florida trial lawyer with a passion for criminal law. His interest in criminal law started as an undergraduate at the University of Florida where he earned a degree in criminal justice. He’s a diehard Gator fan and attends as many home games at The Swamp as possible. As his interest in the legal field grew, Mr. Gunter decided to attend law school.

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Katz & Phillips, P.A. 509 West Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida 32804 P: 321-332-6864 www.kplegalteam.com Dancing for Diabetes, Inc. For Tickets: www.dancing4diabetes.com Event: October 11, 2014 Where: Seminole High School

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In 2009, Mr. Gunter graduated from Barry University-Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation, he started private practice in Brevard County focusing in family law and criminal law with a caseload throughout Central Florida. He later moved on to work for the State Attorney’s Office and prosecuted thousands of cases in the 18th Judicial Circuit for Seminole County as an Assistant State Attorney. His caseload included prosecuting defendants for driving under the influence, theft, drug possession, assault, and battery. It was during this time he grew his experience and developed strong legal skills as a trial lawyer. While at the state attorney’s office, Matthew was soon promoted to the domestic violence division. It was in that position where he attended to victims of domestic violence, stalking, and injunction violations. His passion for justice eventually caught the eye of Katz & Phillips, P.A. Currently, Mr. Gunter is a criminal defense attorney at Katz & Phillips, P.A. Using the insight and skills he developed as a prosecutor, Matthew

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provides effective and zealous legal representation for clients who are facing criminal charges. On describing his approach to handling cases, Gunter says “Our firm is very aggressive when it comes to challenging the state’s evidence. With DUI charges, for instance, we’ve successfully kept intoxilyzer results out of court for several years now because we’ve shown the results to be unreliable.” Whether accused of simple misdemeanor offenses or complex felonies, Matthew Gunter and the Katz & Phillips team provide experienced professional representation. Matthew also acts as legal counsel to Dancing for Diabetes, Inc., a non-profit organization that raises money for the American Diabetes Association by putting on an annual dance performance showcasing dozens of dance teams. Additionally, Matthew serves on the advisory board for matters such as event planning, fund raising, and advertising. His goal this year is for Dancing for Diabetes to raise $50,000. When speaking about the event, Matthew said “It’s going to be an exciting show with some amazing performances. I hope everyone can make it out and support a great cause.” <



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> From 1973 to 1980, Mark Horwitz was an Assistant United States Attorney. While representing the United States he prosecuted all types of cases including Medicare fraud, tax evasion, wire and mail fraud, fraud against the government, drugs and the murder of the Gotha Postmaster. The opportunity to prosecute these and other crimes provided Mr. Horwitz a solid basis to vigorously defend people under investigation for or charged with serious crime in both federal and state court. Since 1980, Mark has been in private practice in Orlando. He has defended people throughout Florida and the United States. Defending complex federal crimes has been a major part of his practice. He has also defended clients in state criminal matters involving white collar crimes, theft, bribery and state sales tax. In non-white collar cases, he has defended clients in matters involving vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with death, murder, drugs, child pornography, sex crimes and other offenses. Mark Horwitz is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate and by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Criminal Trial Law. He has the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbel. In addition to the preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbel, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Horwitz is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Horwitz believes that defending a person’s liberty is the most important responsibility an attorney can undertake. In protecting a client’s freedom, Mark’s philosophy is that no stone is left unturned, all facts are thoroughly investigated, legal issues fully developed and all actions legally and ethically possible are undertaken for the defense. The lawyers and paralegals that work at the Horwitz firm help him carry out these principles. Horwitz utilizes a team concept of lawyers and Florida Bar Registered Paralegals in conjunction with modern technology when investigating, organizing evidence and building a strong defense. Criminal investigations, especially involving white collar crimes, can take months or years. In pre-indictment investigations, the goal is to conduct a thorough defense investigation aimed at developing the facts to convince law enforcement and prosecutors that criminal charges are not warranted. By preventing criminal charges, the client is able to avoid the humiliation and emotional stress associated with indictment and arrest. In some

cases it is not possible to prevent the filing of criminal charges. In those situations the prearrest defense investigation is important to a vigorous defense at trial. Criminal tax defense has always been a part of Mr. Horwitz’s practice. He has represented professionals such as doctors, dentists, architects, athletes, as well as business owners and individuals under investigation and charged with violating criminal tax laws. He has tried many criminal tax cases and has been able to persuade the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice to close investigations without prosecution. Mark Horwitz has also helped many clients with unreported offshore bank accounts enter and complete the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, thereby avoiding federal arrest and criminal prosecution and reducing civil monetary penalties. It is not unusual to deal with tens of thousands of documents and hundreds of gigabytes of computer data in white collar cases. To control such massive amounts of evidence, Horwitz utilizes the paralegals and the attorneys that work in his firm as well as cutting edge technology. Although important, Mark believes that “there is no substitute for experience, hard work and diligence to accomplish the goal of defending liberty.” Bar Admissions • Supreme Court of the United States • United States Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit - Fifth Circuit - Federal Circuit - District of Columbia Court of Appeals • All United States District Courts in Florida - Florida Bar - Colorado Bar - District of Columbia Bar

MARK L. HORWITZ Criminal Defense Attorney

Education • BSBA majoring in economics with high honors: - University of Florida 1969 • JD with honors and Order of the Coif - University of Florida College of Law 1972 Practice Areas • White collar criminal defense including: - Criminal Tax - Healthcare Fraud - Mail and Wire Fraud - RICO - Bank Fraud • Non-white collar criminal defense < SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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> Attorney Norman L. Hull has been practicing law for over 30 years, representing clients in the legal specializations of Bankruptcy and Construction Law. He derives great satisfaction from helping others, which is why he enjoys practicing law. Mr. Hull realizes that no two clients have exactly the same situation and each client, whether individual or corporate, faces legal, financial and emotional hurdles which require a wide range of legal and practical experience. He tailors his advice and strategies to fit the current situation of his client, as well as their long term goals and needs. Mr. Hull loves a challenge, and takes pleasure in helping his clients benefit from the legal protections afforded by law. His desire to improve people’s lives through his knowledge and skill in the legal profession is why he excels at what he does. Norman L. Hull graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. During college, Mr. Hull spent a year studying at the Universidad de Madrid, where he learned to speak and write Spanish fluently. After graduating from Ripon College, Norman served our country by enlisting in the United States Navy. Upon being honorably discharged, Mr. Hull pursued his law degree at the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, where he graduated with honors.

NORMAN L. HULL Bankruptcy and Construction Law

1133 Louisiana Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 P: 407-422-1235 F: 407-423-2842 nlhlaw@earthlink.net www.hulllawoffice.com

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Mr. Hull’s legal career began as a law clerk for the Honorable George C. Young, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida. As a result of his experience as a federal law clerk, Mr. Hull knew it was important to use his skills to represent those who truly needed representation most – those who were unable to defend themselves. That’s why, in 1990, Norman L. Hull was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono award for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for his work as a guardian ad litem in FARC v. Graham, a lawsuit which changed the way disabled persons are treated by the State of Florida. He then went into private practice representing construction contract surety companies in project takeovers and completions as well as in bankruptcy court. His experience representing sureties gave him a broad understanding of the construction process, working

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with experts, and litigating construction claims. He later expanded his bankruptcy practice. His skills and knowledge as a bankruptcy and construction law attorney has been sought after for decades, and his practice remains focused on the following areas: • Bankruptcy: All Chapters (7, 11, 12, &13) of the Bankruptcy Code Both Debtors and Creditors Individuals and Corporate Entities • Foreclosure Defense • Bankruptcy Mediation • Construction Law • Construction Liens • Construction • Mediation/Arbitration, and • Federal and State • General Litigation Mr. Hull is rated AV with MartindaleHubbell, a testament to the fact that his peers in the legal community rank him at the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. Mr. Hull is also recognized by MartindaleHubbell as Preeminent in bankruptcy and construction law. In addition to his busy legal practice, Mr. Hull is an adjunct law professor at Florida A&M Law School and at Barry University School of Law where he enjoys teaching Bankruptcy, Remedies, Construction Law, Professional Responsibility, and Motions & Depositions. Mr. Hull is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, as well as the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Hull is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Norman has been married for 40 years to Dr. Mimi Hull, a corporate psychologist. They have two married children, Andrew (Angela) and Rebecca (Jeremy), five grand-dogs and one grandchild. <


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DONNA C. HUNG, ESQ. Law Office of Donna C. Hung, P.A. “Directing You When You Need It The Most” Family Law and Criminal Defense

> Attorney, Donna C. Hung, focuses

her downtown law practice in the areas

Building near beautiful Lake Eola. Today her law office continues to grow.

of Family Law and Criminal Defense. Ms. Hung’s goal is to educate, negotiate,

Ms. Hung is a Charter Member of the

mediate and litigate to the best interests

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar

of her clients. The majority of cases Ms.

Association where she served on the

Hung currently handles are domestic in

executive board and is also a member

nature and include, but are not limited

of the following organizations: Central

to: divorce (uncontested and contested),

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paternity,

alimony,

County Bar Association, Family Law

equitable

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support,

modifications,

Section of the Florida Bar Association,

domestic violence injunctions, father’s

distribution,

Asian American Chamber of Commerce,

rights, etc. Her clients will tell you that

National Asian Pacific American Bar

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Association, Central Florida Association

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of Greater Orlando and a director at

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which monitors Batterer’s Intervention

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Programs for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Hung conducted numerous criminal jury trials, a majority of which resulted

Ms. Hung graduated from the University

in guilty verdicts. Based on her stellar

of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in

performance, she was chosen to be a

business administration and obtained

special prosecutor handling all aspects

her law degree from Florida Coastal

of domestic violence for the state. Ms.

School of Law.

Hung truly enjoyed litigating in court and

2014 “Florida Rising Star” from Super

because of her impressive courtroom

Lawyers Magazine; nominated in 2013

presence, she was offered an associate

as a “Woman Who Means Business” in

position at a Family Law and Criminal

Orlando Business Journal; and continues

Defense Law Firm where she quickly

to maintain the top “Superb” rating on

realized family law and criminal defense

Avvo.com.

were her passion.

Ms. Hung opened

practice in the Florida State Courts and

the Law Office of Donna C. Hung, P.A.

the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida.

in April of 2010 at the downtown Day

Ms. Hung is fluent in spoken Taiwanese.<

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She is a 2013 and

Ms. Hung is admitted to

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ANNMARIE JENKINSON Katz & Phillips, P.A. > Ever since AnnMarie Jenkinson was a child, all she ever talked about was becoming an attorney. She enjoyed debating friends and family members, often playing devil’s advocate to sharpen her argument skills. AnnMarie was born in New York, and eventually found her way to Orlando, Florida. AnnMarie prides herself on being a local attorney. She attended Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. AnnMarie graduated Cum Laude from Rollins College with a Bachelors of Art in Political Science and a minor in Communication in 2005. In 2006, AnnMarie officially commenced her legal education at Barry University-Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Family is very important to AnnMarie, which is why it was imperative for her to stay local throughout her higher education. During her education at Barry University, AnnMarie was President of the St. Thomas More Society, an organization whose purpose is to promote high ethical and moral standards in the legal profession. She also earned high honors in Healthcare Law and Trial Advocacy. AnnMarie also participated in a clinical internship at Barry University Children and Families Legal Clinic as a Certified Legal Intern. While attending classes at Barry University, AnnMarie also worked as a legal intern in private practice focusing in personal injury law. AnnMarie Jenkinson Katz & Phillips, P.A. 509 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804 P: 321-332-6864 www.800prodivorce.com

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Upon graduating law school in 2009 and passing the Florida Bar Exam on her first attempt, AnnMarie was quickly promoted to Associate Attorney within the same firm. In 2010, AnnMarie left the personal injury firm to pursue her

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true passion, family law, by joining Katz & Phillips, P.A. as an Associate Family Law Attorney. AnnMarie has since been promoted to Senior Attorney at Katz & Phillips, P.A. During the past several years, AnnMarie has gained valuable litigation experience, and has become intimately familiar with several areas of family law. The areas of family law which AnnMarie handles include but are not limited to:

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Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) Establishment of Paternity Child Support Time-Sharing (often known as custody/visitation) Domestic Violence Injunctions Dependency Relocation Modification Contempt/Enforcement Alimony

AnnMarie is a member of the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association. AnnMarie strives for excellence daily while seeking justice for her clients. She is an aggressive attorney and a determined advocate for her clients. She recently co-authored a divorce book, entitled “Filing Divorce in Florida?” In addition to practicing law, AnnMarie enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and daughter Adrianna. AnnMarie speaks Italian, and enjoys trying new foods, and learning about various cultures. <


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> Whenever I am introduced to a person for the first time the conversation inevitably goes “What do you do for a living”? My response is that I am an attorney. Naturally the next question is “What kind of attorney?” I proudly respond, I am a criminal defense attorney and have been one for the past twenty five (25) years. The next statement is almost always the same: “How can you defend those people?” In the over 25 years practicing criminal law I have met only a small handful of defendants who are inherently evil or malicious. I then explain that “those” people are regular, “normal” everyday people and that the cases that the media and television present are the exceptions and not the rule. What I have come to discover is that most people have encountered the criminal justice system due to an addiction whether it is drugs and/or alcohol or have acted in a manner due to an error of judgment or lapse in judgment. • Imagine that you are driving home from working a long day at your job, possibly a double shift, & you are extremely fatigued. An officer observes your vehicle swerving over the road and riding on the curb. The Officer effectuates a stop on the vehicle and jumps to the conclusion that you are operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The Officer conducts a DUI investigation and then places you under arrest for this offense. Are you not entitled to a proper defense? Are you not entitled to present your evidence? Should the Court just convict you on the Officers’ observations and opinions alone? • Imagine Police Officers appear at your home and ask you to step outside. They present you with an arrest warrant and without any prior notice you are placed under arrest, handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and taken to jail. The charges are unknown to you until you appear before a Judge at first appearance. The State charges you with Grand Theft. Someone you do not know has filed a police report alleging that you stole property several months prior and that you are the party responsible for this offense. To quote a well known television program: In the criminal justice system the people are represented by 2 separate yet equally important groups; the police

who investigate the crime and the district attorney who prosecute the offenders. I would add a third group vital to the criminal justice system: that of the CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. It is the criminal defense attorneys’ function to protect a persons’ constitutional rights; to ensure that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and to give each and every defendant an opportunity to present a defense and hold the State up to its burden of proof. My sole responsibility as a criminal defense attorney is to treat each and every defendant as a person who is entitled to an aggressive defense of their rights. I consider it my obligation to protect a persons’ freedom and liberty with the utmost care and in doing so to provide a defendant with the best legal representation that I can. My mission is to work hard to preserve my clients rights, their interests and successfully navigate them through the entire legal process while keeping them informed every step of the way. HISTORY: I am a graduate of Brooklyn Law School. I was a Public Defender with the New York City Public Defender’s office where I was responsible for defending indigent clients charged with multiple criminal offenses. I relocated to the State of Florida and secured employment as a Prosecutor in Seminole County. In 2000 I decided to return to the practice of criminal law that I truly enjoyed; that of defending people. I have diligently represented thousands of people in both Federal and State court level. It is my passion and belief that all people regardless of financial status are entitled to an aggressive defense and therefore, I accept payment plans for my clients. On a personal level when I am not running from court to the jails and meeting with clients, I juggle three children; one who just started college, a daughter in the 8th grade and a daughter in 4th grade. The busier I am the happier and more productive I am. • Member of the New York Bar • Member of the Florida Bar • Member of the Middle District of Florida • Member of the American Bar Association • Member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers <

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TRACEY KAGAN Tracey Kagan Tracey Kagan Law 209 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-849-9990 F: 407-872-1874 www.traceykaganlaw.com

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JOHN ELLIOTT LEIGHTON “Crusader for victims of serious injuries” Personal Injury and Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice > John Leighton is unlike most lawyers. He doesn’t seek out cases. They seek him out. For over 25 years he has represented people who have been seriously injured and families of those killed by negligence. But his cases don’t usually come from the public. They come from other lawyers. That’s because Leighton is referred the serious, complex and catastrophic cases from around the state. He is seen as the go-to trial lawyer for major personal injury cases such as medical malpractice, serious trucking and car crashes, resort injuries, violent crime/negligent security injuries and product liability cases. His track record for Central Florida clients is remarkable. He won a record setting $24 million verdict for a child who suffered a terrible medical mistake in Altamonte. He recently won another $24 million verdict for the family of slain Orlando police officer Al Gordon, who was robbed off duty at an ATM. While many of Leighton’s cases garner media attention, in most cases his clients are ordinary people who have had something terrible happen to them. Like the $5.5 million recovery for the family of a man who was electrocuted in his own pool, or the $3 million for the Citrus County children of a woman who bled to death when her doctor abandoned her.

John Elliott Leighton Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer LEIGHTON LAW, P.A. 121 S. Orange Ave., Suite 1150 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 888-395-0001 www.LeightonLaw.com

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Leighton’s passion for helping families who have lost their loved ones has resulted in remarkable outcomes. The Orlando family of a teen who was killed in a drunken boating incident hired Leighton, who obtained a $1.35 million recovery. He won an $8 million award for the parents of a teen whose daughter was killed when a truck made an illegal u-turn on the turnpike.

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His success in obtaining the highest recoveries for crash victims includes $1 million for a boy injured in an Orlando taxi, and the Orlando man he represented whose motorcycle was hit by a pickup, with Leighton recovering $3.5 million for him. A few months ago Leighton won a $7.4 million verdict in Osceola County for a man who lost his leg when a trucker hit his SUV in thick fog and smoke. After representing victims of parasailing tragedies, Leighton and his client fought for passage of the country’s first law regulating the industry following a 7 year battle. The law passed in 2014. A board certified trial lawyer, Leighton is considered one of the foremost experts in negligent security litigation (people injured from a criminal assault). He is the author of the textbook “Litigating Premises Security Cases,” lectures around the world, and is the Chairman of Inadequate Security Litigation for the American Trial Lawyers. He recently trained 85 crime victim advocates at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on how to help victims of crime. Recognized by his peers as being at the very top of this his field, for 8 years he has been chosen as one of the Top 100 in Florida SuperLawyers, has been repeatedly included in Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite,” and listed for 8 consecutive years in The Best Lawyers in America. He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida. When he is not in court fighting for his clients, he tries to find time to ski, bike and enjoy classic cars. <


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LYLE B. MAZIN,ESQ. Experience, Knowledge & Strong Character > While Hollywood has been sensationalizing the practice of criminal law with fictional lawyers such as “you better call Saul,” the truth of matter is, that if in reality you are facing criminal prosecution, you better dial Lyle. Lyle B. Mazin is a criminal trial attorney whose success in the courtroom has vaulted him to the forefront of the legal community. A reputation built on his ferocious yet charismatic litigation skills has earned Lyle the respect of his colleagues, prosecutors and judges alike. He is named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, he was selected as Florida’s Legal Elite and designated a SuperLawyer’s “Rising Star,” a recognition received by less than 2.5% of the lawyers in the State of Florida. Lyle is also a sought after legal commentator frequently providing legal analysis to local and national media outlets such as ABC, FOX News, The Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal. One of the most approachable attorneys you may ever meet, Lyle is witty and quick with a joke but he works in a world where the consequences are no laughing matter. With a client list that consists of individuals charged with crimes such as homicide, RICO, armed robbery, drug trafficking, gun and sex crimes, he is often the only thing standing between his clients and decades in prison. To provide those clients with the highest caliber of representation Lyle’s firm utilizes investigators, experts and the most advanced legal research systems available.

“The practice of law is dynamic. Before ever stepping foot in a courtroom you need to be beyond certain to have exhausted every resource available. If you have left a single stone unturned, your client might be one step behind the prosecution and that is one place I will never allow my clients to be.” Lyle’s tales of drugs and guns might be mesmerizing but he also has a passion for representing first time offenders. He frequently represents first time offenders, such as college students, who have never been exposed to the criminal justice system. The prospect of a criminal conviction can be traumatizing for these individuals and their families. “First time offenders are often good people who had a bad day, or worse yet, people who have been wrongfully accused. No one’s future should be destroyed because of one bad decision and there is no greater challenge than representing the innocent. My father, who is an Attorney in New York, embedded in me the steadfast commitment to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.” Combine his vast trial experience with his strong character and it is easy to see why Lyle Mazin is the attorney so many seek to have standing by their side. Having earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, Lyle Mazin has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in the practice of criminal law. <

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Lyle B. Mazin,Esq. 1217 East Robinson Street Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-499-4800 F: 407-499-4801 www.mazinlaw.com

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KERSTIN L. MORGAN, ESQ. Family Law > When Attorney Kerstin L. Morgan graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 2010, she never contemplated she would eventually enter the practice of family law. Aspiring to be a prosecutor or general counsel for a national corporation, Kerstin focused her law school courses predominantly in the area of trial advocacy and business and corporate law. All that changed in her final semester of law school when she was selected to be one of six students to intern in The Family Advocacy Clinic. As an Supreme Court certified legal intern in The Family Advocacy Clinic, Kerstin had the opportunity to represent indigent clients in all aspects related to family law, and learned the foundations for practicing family and marital law. Kerstin also discovered an interest in an area of law that would eventually become her passion.

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Kerstin joined Jonathan Simon at The Orlando Family Firm in 2011, and since that time has become known for her dedication to her clients, knowledge of the law, and her successes in working with a diverse client base. In 2013, Kerstin was recognized by AVVO, an attorney review website, as the “Client’s Choice” attorney in the area of family law. Kerstin’s client based reviews consistently demonstrate that she strives to ensure that each client knows they are important to her. Kerstin recognizes and appreciates the blessings and opportunities she has been afforded in life, and recognizes that giving back to her community is important. In addition to her continuing involvement with Ronald McDonald

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House and the Junior League of Greater Orlando, Kerstin has recently been named a provisional member of the Orlando Museum of Art’s Council of 101; a group of dedicated women devoted to volunteering, fund-raising and furthering the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. Along with her community outreach involvement, Kerstin is a professional member of the local Orange County Bar Association and the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court. On December 26, 2013, Kerstin became engaged to her fiancé, Wayne, and they are getting married in November 2014. Kerstin and Wayne, and their 6 year old Beagle-Jack Russell dog, Bailey, reside in Orlando. Kerstin handles all matters that comprise family and marital law, including but not limited to: • Dissolution of Marriage • Determination of Paternity • Child Support • Modifications of Prior Judgments • Contempt/Enforcement • Step-parent Adoptions • Name Changes for Adults and Minor Children • Relocation • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders Please visit their website at www. TheOrlandoFamilyFirm.com for more information. The Orlando Family Firm can be reached at 407-377-6399, or you can e-mail Kerstin directly at kerstin@ theorlandofamilyfirm.com. <


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MIKAELA NIX Nix Law P.A. > Perhaps it’s the combination of exuberance, witty intellect, or her southern charm, but after one conversation with Attorney Nix, her passion and determination make an indelible impression. A country girl at heart, Mikaela spent large amounts of time on her family’s country farm in Rochelle, FL, a town pioneered by her forebearers. Ms. Nix is equally comfortable on the back of her favorite horse as she is advocating for clients in the courtroom. Her firm, Nix Law, P.A. is a family law practice committed to supporting family values, ones deeply ingrained on her persona, as a result of the roles her mother and father played in her life. She believes that a key way to restore family values is by supporting Fathers’ who want to play a meaningful and involved role in their children’s lives.

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Mikaela graduated from University of Central Florida with honors and Florida A&M’s Law School, where she was a member of the 2007-2008 Moot Court team. Orlando is her permanent home due to Mikaela’s whole hearted belief that Orlando is truly “The City Beautiful.” Since her admission to the Florida bar, Mikaela has built a thriving law practice. Relentless in her beliefs and committed to her clients, Attorney Nix is quickly being recognized as one of Orlando’s premier family law attorney’s. She is a member of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court as well as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Yet there is more. Ms. Nix is also a consummate business woman, thanks to her natural acuity and her participation in UCF’s incubator program. Before opening her firm she ran Collegiate Staffing USA, which was featured in Florida Trend’s July 2011 Education issue. Collegiate Staffing allowed employers to begin to develop prospective future employees but also provided students with actual work

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experience skill sets that contributed positively to their marketability upon graduation. Ms. Nix is a well-regarded member of Orlando’s professional community, and as such she sits on the Board of Governor’s for the private Citrus Club and is a current member of the Board of Governor’s Nominations Committee. She is active in the political arena, and is of the opinion, that a brighter day awaits those who value the energy and dedication that younger professionals bring to shaping a responsive government. Young people are attracted to her energy, and like any true leader she seeks to help others realize their true potential. Mikaela believes that exposure to agrarian lifestyles can be highly beneficial to today’s youth, who rarely experience the joys and simplicity of country living; to that end she hosts a summer kids oriented event on her family property. Attorney Nix recently hosted her First Annual WeLoveDaddy. com Father’s Appreciation event at Orlando Grand Prix where Fathers or men playing a Father’s role and their children were able to enjoy a free day of races, food, face painting, and jump house fun. Also, she still manages to find time to volunteer, motivate the Orlando Juvenile Justice Center kids, and to teach College Success as an adjunct professor at both Seminole State College and Valencia College. Ms. Nix is not just committed to being a great attorney, but to her Christian beliefs, and thus is active in her church home. Her mission? To use her varied background, her talent, her networking and business acumen; a better Orlando, a better Florida, a better place to raise children and enjoy the city we call home. <


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JAMES D. PHILLIPS Katz & Phillips, P.A.

> James D. Phillips is a partner in the

crimes, violent crimes, internet crimes,

law firm of Katz & Phillips, P.A. Although

white collar crimes and murder. Mr. Phil-

Katz & Phillips, P.A., offers representa-

lips is a published author in the area of

tion in criminal defense, family law and

DUI and Criminal Defense and has writ-

personal injury, the founding partners

ten multiple training manuals on DUI De-

David S. Katz and James D. Phillips, are

fense and Criminal Trial strategy utilized

most well known for their practice in DUI

by criminal defense attorneys through-

defense.

out the nation. Mr. Phillips has been the key speaker at various state and national

Mr. Phillips knew at an early age that he

DUI seminars in which he lectured and

wanted to be a lawyer, but also found

trained other attorneys.

himself intrigued by the various fields of science. Mr. Phillips graduated from the

Mr. Phillips has received a Superb rat-

University of Southern Mississippi with

ing from AVVO since 2011, the highest

a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a

level an attorney can obtain, and has

Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He

been the recipient of the Martindale-

then obtained his Juris Doctorate from

Hubbell Client’s Distinction award for

Mississippi College School of Law. Mr.

2013 and 2014. He has received recog-

Phillips’ scientific background has played

nition for his demonstrated leadership

a crucial role in fighting the admissibility

and achievement in the legal profession

of scientific evidence in DUI and other

by being selected for inclusion in Strath-

criminal cases.

more’s Who’s Who. Mr. Phillips was chosen in 2013 and 2014 as a Rising Star

Upon graduating law school, Mr. Phillips

by Super Lawyers (less than 2.5% of all

accepted a position representing the

attorneys receive this honor) for DUI De-

State of Florida as an Assistant State At-

fense and was selected as one of Cen-

torney. As a prosecutor, he prosecuted

tral Florida’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers and

thousands of criminal cases with a heavy

as one of Florida’s Top 40 Trial Lawyers

interest in DUI’s.

Mr. Phillips left the

under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers.

State Attorney’s Office to work as an as-

Mr. Phillips was recently selected as one

sociate in a Criminal Defense Law Firm

of Florida’s Top 40 Under the Age of 40

where he primarily handled major felo-

by The American Society of Legal Advo-

nies before joining up with former DUI

cates and One of Florida’s Ten Best DUI/

prosecutor David Katz to form Katz &

DWI Attorneys by The American Institute

Phillips, P.A.

of DUI/DWI Attorneys. <

Although the vast majority of his practice

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is dedicated to DUI defense, Mr. Phillips has represented individuals in State and Federal court charged with felonies, sex

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ROGER SCOTT Criminal Law > Growing up in a small town by a lake, Mr. Scott was very active in sailing, skiing and scuba diving from a young age. While he was serving in the U.S. Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and studying Russian at the prestigious Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, he became involved in competition skydiving. After completing his military service, Mr. Scott obtained his bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and literature from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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In 1990, Mr. Scott moved to Miami to attend Law School at St. Thomas University. During his first semester, Mr. Scott tied for first in his class, won the 1L Moot Court Competition, and was appointed to Law Review. Mr. Scott followed up on these honors by interning with Judge Lenore Nesbitt, Federal Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and then with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Appellate Division, working under Paul Rashkind. In 1993 Mr. Scott moved to Orlando to begin the two major jobs of his life: working as an Assistant Public Defender under Joseph DuRocher, and becoming a father. Mr. Scott’s daughter was born and raised in Orlando. She is currently attending college here in town. Upon deciding that being a new father was incompatible with his more extreme hobbies, Mr. Scott dedicated his after work hours to training in Martial Arts under Grandmaster Y.K. Kim. Mr. Scott currently holds the rank of 4th degree Black Belt, Senior Instructor. In addition to teaching martial arts, Mr. Scott can be seen at many Central Florida events

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as part of the breaking demonstration team “Breakwondo”, demonstrating concrete breaking and sword techniques to Central Florida audiences. After four years with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, winning awards and recognition for his skills in the courtroom, Mr. Scott left to open his own firm. In May of 2005, his wife, Catherine Medling, joined him to found the law firm of Scott & Medling, devoted solely to the practice of criminal defense law. The firm handles cases large and small, for a variety of clients. Some notable cases in which Mr. Scott has achieved favorable outcomes include representing people in the music industry, sports figures, a doctor whose case was profiled on The Nancy Grace show, and a soldier who returned from Afghanistan to face unfounded sexual battery charges. Mr. Scott has enabled all of these clients to continue to pursue productive lives outside of the criminal justice system. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Scott has continued his martial arts training. In 2008, at the age of 49, Mr. Scott spent a month in the jungle of southern Thailand training to become a Muay Thai kickboxer. Approved to fight professionally, it took the death of a popular princess and the resulting cancellation of every fight in the country, to prevent Mr. Scott from entering the ring. Today, Mr. Scott continues training with Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and protecting his clients. He can be found training, teaching martial arts, performing at Central Florida events, and, of course, in courtrooms throughout the state of Florida. <


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GAIL S. SEERAM Immigration Law > Nelson Mandela stated “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.” This statement embodies the legal practice of Attorney Gail S. Seeram, who defends and advocates for the rights of immigrants in the United States.

newspaper. Further, she is a former adjunct professor at Queens College, Flushing, New York. She is well respected by her peers and was elected two years as President of the Central Florida American Immigration Lawyers Association and for the past six years served as Chair for the Immigration and Custom Enforcement liaison committee.

An immigrant herself, Attorney Seeram was born in Guyana and grew up in New York since age 5. Growing up in New York, she embraced and appreciated various cultures and in turn this diversity added to her integrity and dedication to the field of immigration law. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, she can appreciate the personal and legal challenges faced by those seeking to call the United States home.

Attorney Seeram makes time to serve her community and was recipient of the Good Samaritan Award by Lutheran Services Florida, formerly chaired the Orange County Children and Families Services Board, and currently chairs an advisory committee to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Attorney Seeram has been practicing law for over 15 years. She established the Immigration Law Offices of Gail S. Seeram in 2003 and her practice is dedicated exclusively to immigration and nationality law. She has assisted thousands of individuals facing the most difficult challenges of their lives such as family unification, maintaining a profitable business that is based on an immigrant investor visa, fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in the U.S., fighting deportation/removal court proceedings and applying for U.S. citizenship. She obtained a LL.M degree from New York University School of Law, a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Hofstra University.

In 2011, while re-discovering her immigration roots in Guyana, Attorney Seeram formed the GAIL Foundation, an IRC 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. As executive director of the GAIL Foundation, she has lead four successful fundraising campaigns and has built and donated playground equipment and playrooms to orphanages, shelters, and a special needs school in Guyana. Attorney Seeram is married to Raymond Ali and they have been blessed with two beautiful children, Andrew and Abigail. “At the end of the day, what matters is the impact you make on someone’s life – whether it’s a family member, friend or complete stranger. My goal is not to judge but defend and advocate for my clients and the people with no voices.”<

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Attorney Seeram is a frequent lecturer and writer on immigration policies and procedures and has been quoted over ten times in the Orlando Sentinel

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WILLIAM J. “BILL” SHEAFFER Attorney at Law

> We recognize Bill Sheaffer from his

Bar, and, the National Board of Trial

gavel to gavel commentary and cover-

Advocacy for most of his career. His

age for ABC/WFTV (Ch. 9) EyeWitness

cases run the gamut from complex white

News, of Central Florida’s two most fa-

collar crime such as money laundering,

mous modern day murder cases: State

embezzlement, wire, mail, health care,

vs. Casey Anthony and State vs. George

and insurance fraud, to drug crimes,

Zimmerman.

“The public response we

sex crimes and first degree murder.

got at WFTV was incredible, and, in fact,

Sheaffer has represented political figures,

worldwide,” Sheaffer said. Sheaffer con-

law enforcement officers, physicians,

tinues to be a daily fixture on 9’s EyeWit-

veterinarians, scientists and engineers,

ness News as channel 9’s legal analyst

entertainers, corporate officers, business

and criminal trial law expert. From time

owners and other lawyers.

to time Sheaffer’s commentary is sought on legal issues by ABC World News To-

The son of a Sanford, Florida long

night, HLN’s Nancy Grace, as well as the

distance truck driver, Sheaffer remains

Orlando Sentinel, The Philips Phile on

dedicated to the local community and his

104.1 Radio, WDBO Radio, and radio sta-

Central Florida roots. Sheaffer graduated

tions from South Florida to Canada.

with honors from the University of Central Florida (degree: Philosophy) and earned

But Sheaffer’s greatest “like” is criminal

his J.D. degree from Nova University

trial work. As a criminal defense lawyer,

College of law. His honors include: Alumni

Sheaffer’s philosophy is that “every

of the Year 2012 from the University of

person

most

Central Florida, recognition by both the

accused

aggressive,

deserves

vigorous

the

thorough

Florida Supreme Court and the Orange

defense, regardless of the nature of the

and

County Bar Association for his pro bono

accusation.” He firmly believes that “a

work for children, Listed in Best Lawyers

defense lawyer’s duty and loyalty is to

in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-

his client. Period.” He got the trial bug

Hubbell’s Register of Preeminent Lawyers

when he started trying misdemeanor

with an AV rating (the highest possible

cases while working as a 3rd year law

rating) for 20 years, as well as Who’s Who

school intern for the Broward County

in American Lawyers and Who’s Who in

State Attorney’s Office. Upon graduation

America.

he served a stint as a felony trial lawyer

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for the Orange/Osceola State Attorney’s

Sheaffer

Office, after which he opened his own

each year with the Florida High Schools’

particularly

enjoys

working

practice. Early on, Sheaffer tried cases

Annual Mock Trial Competition series, as

in both Federal District Courts as well

well as the University of Central Florida’s

as State Courts.

He recognized the

Mock Trial Tournament, and, UCF’s Ethics

importance of trial board certification

Bowl Competition series, during which

and has been Board Certified as a

he serves as judge and advisor to student

Criminal Trial Expert by both the Florida

competitors. <

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PHILLIP J. SHEEHE Commercial, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation

> Phillip J. Sheehe of Sheehe & Associates, P.A is an attorney who specializes in commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and insurance litigation. He began his legal career on the staff of the General Counsel to the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his career at the U.S. Steel Corporation, he obtained substantial experience in litigating complex commercial cases. He has tried complex commercial cases in Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, West Virgina, Florida and District of Columbia. Sheehe is a native of Marion, Ohio, though he attended college as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in finance and was awarded a swimming scholarship. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee in 1974. During his time at the University of Tennessee, Sheehe served as the editor of the Tennessee Law Review and received the Order of the Coif in recognition of outstanding scholarship. In 1978, Sheehe moved to Miami. Sheehe has tried numerous complex jury trials, including a trial that exceeded six months in duration. Sheehe continues to represent both major corporations and individuals in trials throughout the United States in state and federal courts. The firm maintains offices in Miami and Lake Mary.

Why did you become an attorney? UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL I like the competition. I was a competitive swimmer at the University of Florida for my four years there; my favorite stroke was the butterfly. I’m extremely comfortable in the courtroom. I really like it; it’s fun. What do you like best about the practice of law? I like winning and I’m good at it. Being in the courtroom fighting for my clients brings me a lot of pleasure. Not many people hire a trial attorney to “do their best;” they hire them to win. That’s what we do and we do it well. I’m tough in the courtroom, but I can leave it behind. I’m friendly with most of my opponents because I can “leave it in the courtroom.” Most of my trials are long and complex and can take months of being in court. Personal: Born in Marion, Ohio, October 7, 1948; came to Florida to swim for the University of Florida varsity swim team; married for 39 years; has two grown daughters; participates in U.S. Master Swimming for adults; has show horses that he keeps in Ocala. Miscellaneous: Firm founded in 1982; main office is in Miami; Central Florida office opened in 2006. <

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JONATHAN SIMON, ESQ. Family Law and Mediation > Attorney Jonathan Simon is a proud three-time graduate of the University of Florida, having earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Juris Doctorate degrees in just six years. In 2010, Jonathan founded The Orlando Family Firm with the desire to create a more cost effective and efficient way to represent individuals in all types of family law cases. Since its opening, the Orlando Family Firm has expanded, employing three full-time attorneys, and will be opening a new office in Baldwin Park this coming November.

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Jonathan believes that client satisfaction is the first priority of The Orlando Family Firm and strives to ensure that each client is treated as if they are the only client at all times. In maintaining that goal, Jonathan has been nationally recognized for his experience and talent in representing family law litigants. Jonathan was awarded a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO, an attorney review website, and his AVVO profile features over 40 “5-star” reviews from former clients. It is Jonathan’s proudest achievement as a family lawyer as no

Jonathan Simon, Esq. The Orlando Family Firm 121 South Orange Avenue Suite 1500 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-377-6399 F: 407-377-6699 www.theorlandofamilyfirm.com

amount of money or recognition can ever replace the kind words that former clients have shared. Jonathan was also recognized as a top young lawyer in Florida and was awarded the “Rising Star” status from Superlawyers in 2013 and 2014 as well as the National Top 100 award in 2014. Jonathan also serves on the Board of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court, an organization dedicated to improving the practice of family law.

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Aside from his interest in The Orlando Family Firm, Jonathan strives to improve his local community through numerous charity works. Since 2011, the Orlando Family Firm has hosted an annual charity event called “Firm Fest”, which has raised and donated money to charitable organizations such as Clean the World, the Community Food and Outreach Center and the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar. In 2014 Firm Fest raised enough money to donate $13,000.00 to the Legal Aid Society, and 2015’s event is slated to generate even more desperately needed funds. As a result of Jonathan’s charitable acts, he was recognized on Orlando’s Channel 9 News’ “Making a Difference” segment for his devotion to non-profit work in the community. Jonathan also recently traveled to the hometown of fellow Florida Gator Mike Miller to participate in “Night of Hope”, which supports the children’s hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. You can find out more about The Orlando Family Firm and Jonathan Simon at www. theorlandofamilyfirm.com. To learn more about non-profit work The Orlando Firm does, please visit www.firmfest.com. Jonathan still offers complimentary consultations and believes in educating potential litigants before they retain legal services. Jonathan and his wife, Jill, live in Orlando with their three children, Carter, Avery and Jordan. <


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JENNIFER SYNNAMON, ESQ. Law Office of Joe Castrofort, PLLC.

> Ms. Synnamon lived in Philadelphia, PA., as a child, before moving to South Florida with her family. She graduated from Coconut Creek High School, and was awarded full scholarships for Honors in Academics, the Florida Bright Futures, and an athletic scholarship to play softball for the Miami Dade Sharks. During her sophomore year, she was fortunate enough to meet the love of her life, Oscar, whom she has been happily married to since 2007.

assigned to several specialized units including Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony Domestic Violence, and the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit. She has handled serious and difficult cases, and became proficient in complex scientific evidence (DNA, Finger print analysis, computer forensics, blood alcohol levels). In addition, she gained extensive courtroom experience by arguing hundreds of motions, and over 60 jury trials including Capital Sex Crimes.

In 2001, she moved to Orlando and attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2003. A few years after graduation, Ms. Synnamon decided to do something different with her career. She attended Florida A&M University College of Law and received her Juris Doctorate in 2009.

Ms. Synnamon, left the State Attorney’s Office in June of 2013 and used her experience to pursue criminal defense work at the Law Office of Joe Castrofort, PLLC., located in the heart of downtown Orlando. Her passion for justice is what makes her excel in her practice to zealously advocate for her clients. “The criminal justice system can be very intimidating, so in addition to advocating for the rights of my clients, I counsel them throughout their cases, and help them understand that they are not alone in their fight.”

During law school, she was President of the American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), the Mock Trial Chairperson of the Advocacy Executive Board, and an active member of Phi Alpha Delta. Giving back to the community was and continues to be a huge priority to her, which is why, she organized the Annual FAMU AAJ Homeruns for Lukemia Charity Softball Tournament, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Center of Central Florida. After graduation, she continued to educate future trial advocates at Florida A&M College of Law by coaching and preparing their Mock Trial Teams for several competitions. Her passion for advocating in the courtroom fueled her career at the State Attorney’s Office in the Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orlando, FL). Throughout her years as a prosecutor, she was

Ms. Synnamon is currently licensed to practice law in the State Courts of Florida, as well as the United States Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She serves as the Treasurer of the executive board for the Central Florida Domestic Violence Task Force. In addition, she is an active member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, The National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, as well as the Orange County Bar Association. <

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TRAVIS WILLIAMS Personal Injury/Criminal Law/Civil Rights > Travis received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1996. Although becoming a lawyer was not his life’s dream or ambition, Travis always had a thirst to do something with his life that helped people. Determined to choose a profession that he would both enjoy and be able to use as a tool to help others, going to law school and becoming a lawyer made sense to Travis. Travis felt confident that with so many different areas of law to choose from that he would find an area that suited him and his goals. During law school, Travis developed a passion for and excelled in the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. He graduated with honors from Stetson University College of Law and received the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award given to the top trial litigator of each graduating class.

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Throughout law school Travis worked for a civil litigation firm and also interned at the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County. After law school, he began his career working as an Assistant State Attorney where he litigated thousands of cases. As a prosecutor for the State, Travis was lead prosecutor in numerous jury trials ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Eleven years ago Travis started a law firm that now practices in the areas of personal injury, criminal law and civil rights with the vision of advocating for individuals and families in need of an attorney who is willing to fight for them against big business, insurance companies, law enforcement and the Government. When it comes to the area of personal injury, Travis maintains that “nowhere in the practice of law is there more opportunity to help those who are truly in need, who have been wronged through no fault of their own, and who

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are not going to get any relief without a lawyer who is willing to fight for their rights.” Travis believes in the saying that trial work is 90 percent preparation, and 10 percent in the courtroom. While results matter, Travis’s clients often comment on and appreciate his personal service and attention to details. Travis points to his paralegal of ten years, Lawanda, as an integral part in making sure no stone is left unturned. On behalf of his clients, Travis has tried multiple jury trials in both State and Federal Courts. Travis’s dedication to his client and craft has not gone unnoticed. In 2013, Travis received recognition from two prestigious publications. Both SuperLawyers and the National Trial Lawyers recognized Travis as one of the top lawyers and trial litigators in Florida. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers which surveys the best attorneys who are 40 and under, and only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Florida receive this recognition. While recognition is rewarding and plaques on a wall are nice, Travis gets much more gratification from reading through the numerous letters and cards from clients expressing their heartfelt thanks for caring about their case and their lives. Travis has carried over his commitment to help others into his life outside of work. Amongst participating in many community events, Travis volunteers on Sundays with his wife, Francee, at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. Travis and Francee have been blessed with three daughters, Ella (9), Kate (6) and Madison (3). When away from work, he enjoys numerous sports, coaching youth sports, and trips with family to the beach, Disney and the mountains. <


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ANDREW T. WINDLE, ESQ. Family Law Attorney

> Andrew T. Windle has committed

community services and accolades, he

his legal career exclusively to the

has been recognized as a Harbor House

practice of family law. He has devoted

Man of Honor.

his

life’s

work

to

helping

families

through the difficult times that divorce,

Andrew graduated with honors from

modification, remarriage and relocation

the University of Baltimore School of

can present. Andrew draws from his

Law and was in the top tenth percentile

personal and professional experience

of his graduating class. While in law

to cultivate strategies and solutions that

school, he began his legal career by

are best suited to each client’s needs

representing indigent clients on a pro

and situation.

bono basis in family matters through the University of Baltimore’s Family

In 2013, Andrew and his wife, Shanna

Law Clinic. Additionally, he worked as a

N. Windle, opened The Windle Family

Judicial Clerk for a panel of U.S. Equal

Law Firm, focusing entirely on family law

Employment Opportunity Commission

and trust and estate planning. Located

Administrative Law Judges.

in Baldwin Park, the firm seeks to deliver the highest level of service in planning

Prior to attending law school, Andrew

for families, their finances, and futures

earned a Bachelor’s of Science in

by placing paramount importance on

Finance from the Robert H. Smith

their clients’ trust and comfort.

School at University of Maryland, where he gained work experience that is useful

Andrew is very involved in the legal

in understanding accounting documents

community, particularly as it relates to

and uncovering under-reported income

family law matters. He is a member of

and hidden assets.

the Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court. He recently was appointed

Since completing his education, Andrew

Counselor; additionally, he has served

has tried many cases and represented

on the Executive Committee since 2011

clients in appellate matters. He has

and as the Chair of the Ethics Committee

published various articles on family law

in 2012. He has been involved in the

issues that include domestic violence

Florida Bar Family Law Section and has

and divorcing with a home that has

past and present service on various

negative equity.

Photo by Steve Miller Photography

committees. Andrew is a member and active participant in the Collaborative

Andrew enjoys the practice of family law.

Family Law Group of Central Florida

He finds it rewarding to help families

and

take positive steps forward in creating a

the

International

Collaborative

Law

Academy

of

Professionals.

more fulfilling life. <

Furthermore, he serves as a mentor for young lawyers through the Orange County Bar Association. Amongst other

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ALISON YURKO Land Use and Governmental Permitting

> Alison Yurko is a native of Orlando

and has seen the area grow and

in the Delaney Park area, minutes from downtown Orlando.

develop, so becoming a land use lawyer was a logical choice for her. Her dad,

She has served as the Charter Review

Albert Yurko, was among the first trial

General Counsel for Orange County

lawyers in the area, coming to Orlando

government,

in the early 1960’s, and practicing here

Enforcement Board Special Magistrate

for almost 50 years. Many remember his

for the City of Apopka, and is the

office on Orange Avenue, a converted

special real estate tax counsel to

house where he had his practice for

the Lake County Value Adjustment

decades.

Board.

serves

as

the

Code

She has written numerous

widely citied articles on the topic of Having spent almost 6 years as an

municipal annexation, and has lectured

Assistant County Attorney for Orange

throughout the state on this topic and

County government in the early 90’s,

related land use topics.

Alison had a chance to see first hand how local government works. After that,

Alison attended Orange County public

she became a partner in a major local

schools, and then made her way to the

law firm and had an opportunity to work

University of Notre Dame, where she

on many large projects for developers.

majored in government. She was the research assistant for Professor James

She has now been practicing law in

J. Brown and helped edit a well known

Orlando now for 26 years and brings

land use book series while at Stetson

a wealth of experience for clients that

Law School. Alison and her husband,

have governmental permitting issues,

Tom Callan, also an attorney, are the

land development approval needs and

parents of 16 year old triplets. She is

related issues. She has special expertise

active in community events and local

in areas such as real estate tax appeals,

political campaigns, and is an avid

public utilities, code enforcement liens,

runner.

impact fees, dock disputes, drainage

Alison Yurko, P.A. 921 Bradshaw Terrace Orlando, FL 32806 P: 407-426-9141 F: 407-426-0567 C: 407-340-7043 ayurko@callanlaw.com

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disputes, and all zoning and related

Having worked in local government,

development approval issues.

Like

she has developed insight on how to

her dad, she hung her own shingle and

work through governmental permitting

opened an office a number of years

issues. She brings a positive approach

ago.

to resolving client’s issues and enjoys a

She prides herself on providing

clients with a sophisticated boutique land use practice that is typically only available in large firms.

Her office is

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BARFLY

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Rich Hues of Autumn By Cathleen K. Bode

> Fall is a delightful time of year. When summer wanes and the temperature drops, the brilliant colors of the ocean and beach are replaced with the rich hues of autumn. We welcome the cooler days of the fall with renewed energy and an appetite for heartier flavors. The dishes we serve tend to be richer –beef bourguignon instead of a grilled flat iron steak, pasta with butternut squash and Parmesan instead of pasta primavera. The same is true for the cocktails we enjoy and serve. In the fall, our taste preference tends to favor cocktails created with dark spirits that have been layered with flavor. Sure there will always be a Classic Manhattan or Old Fashioned Cocktail that hits the spot every time but the autumn cocktails here showcase fruits and spices that are fall forward. Think cinnamon, nutmeg and yes, even apples, pears and pumpkin. These are perfect seasonal partners for bourbons, ryes and whiskeys. “Cocktails have become a creative canvas for bartenders and mixologists,” says Troy Ball, Distiller and Owner, Asheville Distilling. “Where

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Rum Raisin

Templeton Manhattan

syrups and sauces were once the domain of the chef and pastry chef, today’s mixologists infuse and smoke their base spirit and then use it as a canvas for creative cocktail offerings,” she added. Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller, Four Roses Bourbon adds, “Bourbon is riding a wave of popularity right now. It’s important to find the expression you like and unlike women – you shouldn’t be monogamous. You might enjoy one style neat on the first chilly night of autumn and another in a cocktail for Thanksgiving or when you are cheering your college team on the field. It’s important to experiment,” says Rutledge who’s been making bourbon for more than 40 years.

WE WELCOME THE COOLER DAYS OF THE FALL WITH RENEWED ENERGY AND AN APPETITE FOR HEARTIER FLAVORS.

Old Fashioned

Troy Tottie

Don’t forget to try cocktails, especially the classics, as an accompaniment to your meal. “We think of pairing wine with courses but pay attention to a well made cocktail,” says Scott Bush, founder of Templeton Rye. “We’ve been doing dinners across the country with chefs and mixologists showcasing specially bred heritage pigs and the cocktails presented are creative and complimentary. As crafts spirits have evolved and grown in numbers so have the cocktail possibilities,” he added. While we are talking about cocktails and food, don’t forget the word balance. You wouldn’t want to have an ingredient in your cocktail that takes over the entire cocktail, let alone the entire meal. Herbal liqueurs and amaro can also add a nice finishing touch to a cocktail but start with a drop instead of five and don’t forget the bitters – the finely crafted nuances of flavor that bring out the best in a cocktail. Ready to dive into fall? These cocktails are crowd pleasers. And don’t forget, there’s nothing better on a rainy, windy fall day than enjoying a great movie or book with a cocktail at hand. <


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PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY IS NOT EXPENSIVE.

NEGLECT IS EXPENSIVE.

Patient above after whitening, orthodontics & periodontics treatment.

> Have you lost a tooth? If you were six it would be a big deal. You might even find a little cash under your pillow in the morning. But if you’re an adult that cash will be leaving instead of arriving.

factor adults really don’t lose their teeth to decay as much as you would think. The number one reason for tooth loss in adults is not fractured teeth or cavities; it is periodontal disease.

Any number of reasons can cause tooth loss: Traumatic injury, decay, accidental fracture, periodontal disease. Some people simply have congenitally missing teeth. Whatever the reason, missing teeth need to be restored to improve overall health and wellbeing. Prevention of tooth loss is where to start.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) can be a chronic slowly progressing infection that affects the supporting structures of our teeth. Once a sufficient amount of supportive loss has occurred the teeth loosen. Sadly, when it gets to this point treatment is not helpful and the teeth need to be removed. Certain health conditions like diabetes may make one more susceptible to gum disease. The effect of tobacco, both smoking and smokeless, can be devastating on the periodontal health. The most common cause however is simple neglect.

How can you prevent tooth loss? Preventive care is the number one aide. Paul Harvey once said that dentists were the only professionals who were trying to put themselves out of business. We can’t prevent congenitally missing teeth from occurring, but with the help of the general dentist and orthodontist gaps in you smile can be closed or repaired. Your oral surgeon and periodontist can help with the placement of dental implants. We can’t prevent traumatic injuries, but the use of mouth guards and helmets in sports, and the use of seat belts and restraints in cars will hopefully minimize facial and dental injuries.

Poor hygiene routines at home can cause more tooth loss than any other reason. Simple flossing a brushing as directed by your dentist and hygienist can save thousands of dollars and countless hours in the dentist chair. Seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and evaluation is a wise healthy life choice. Do yourself a service and seen your dentist regularly. You’ll save money in the long run. <

A diet low in sugar will help to eliminate tooth decay. Although it is a common In closing as a general dentist it is imperative that I work with a team of experts and these professionals are part of my team.

Dr. Carl Bilancione

Dr. Carl Bilancione Comprehensive & Cosmetic Dentistry, PA 2828 Casa Aloma Way, Suite 700 , Winter Park, FL 32792 IN-OFFICE WHITENING SPECIAL $350 Call for Details 407-678-4000 CosmeticDentistryFL@gmail.com www.smilebella.com

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Charles Mc Namara D.M.D. Oral & Facial Surgeons of Mid-Florida 407 644-0224 Winter Park 407 774-3399 Longwood 407 843-1670 Orlando www.ofsmidfl.com

Thomas Yoon D.D.S, M.S. Periodontist 407 647-4180 Winter Park www.WinterParkPeriodontist.com

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KIM HAWK Realtor > Thank you Orlando for over 25 beautiful years in this Amazing City! I have had the pleasure of being the downtown Orlando Partnership President while working as the Public Relations/ Promotions Director for Church Street Station, way back in the day when we hosted World Cup Soccer. I enjoyed serving several years as a marketing executive with Universal and Walt Disney World, during that time we lived in the Windermere area. My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year and our maid of honor Luann Brooks is now the Executive Director at International Drive Improvement District so it has been wonderful seeing that area grow and prosper. I’ve grown up and worked alongside powerhouses and they are all now super leaders. What a joy to see positive intention go into continuing to grow a strong and vibrant community.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography

Kim Hawk RE/MAX Market Place 619 Celebration Avenue Celebration, FL 34747 P: 407-808-9845 Kimhawk07@gmail.com

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When Disney’s town of Celebration was announced my family decided to put our names into the lottery system. We then became founders of the town and I activated my real estate license with RE/ MAX. Over the course of the last 16 years I’ve been blessed with growing my real estate business into one of the top 1% Nationwide real estate teams and we recently sold one of the highest priced homes in Central Florida for $6,300,000. So, what do we consider to be the reason for our success? Loving our job. Trying our best every time. Having previously worked in Central Florida’s major hubs it’s easier for me to listen to buyer’s needs and find that perfect home for them. I do feel like I know Orlando like the back of my hand.

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My listings always have first priority with me and are always on my team’s radar list. We have think tanks on how to best attract the best buyer to our homes. We start at the end. What does the finish line look like? We then work backwards in order to complete a full circle. It’s a different approach but it has worked very well for us. It is a true blessing when you see things come full circle. It is somewhat ironic that most of my life has been in a city that starts with the letter O – which in fact is a full circle. As an example, having worked with Juliana at Church Street Station some 20 years ago I remembered her work ethic and skill set working with the Brazilian market. So when the Brazilian buyers started showing up in full force guess who I asked to head up my real estate marketing arm? Guess who bought our 6.3 million estate? Strategy is one of the best parts of our business. If I can ever serve you or yours please email me at kimhawk07@ gmail.com Kim resides in Celebration Florida with her husband Rod who works for Walt Disney World and daughter Ashlee who works for Universal Studios. She has a bonus son, Chris, who is an executive recruiter. Kim is the female lead singer for CEONEO band which can be heard on Itunes. Kim attends Disney’s Community Presbyterian Church where she leads contemporary music service on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. She invites you to attend a worship service. God Bless you and yours. <


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SHELBY NORWICH Realtor

> Shelby has been in real estate

agent for The Waverly on Lake Eola.

for almost 15 years and is currently

Subsequently, she moved on to

one of the top five producers at

work for Historic Creations and was

Olde Town Brokers for the last six

the Director of Sales for the luxury

years. A Florida native, Shelby was

condo buildings The Sanctuary and

born and raised in Cocoa Beach. She

Star Tower.

attended the University of Central Florida where she received her

Shelby’s compassion for people

Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational

and her community has contributed

Communications,

her

to her overall success. She is a

Masters in Liberal Studies from

and

then

huge supporter of local artists and

Rollins College.

the local art scene - serving on the Downtown Arts District Board

Her passion for people and her

(DAD) for six years. She is also a

profound interest in the art of

Circle Member for the Dr. Phillips

negotiation has led Shelby to a

Performing Arts Center and has

successful career in real estate.

been on the Runway to Hope

Shelby draws her inspiration from

committee where she assists local

the

were

children and their families who have

instrumental in the revitalization

been impacted by pediatric cancer

of Downtown Orlando -

for the last three years.

three

pioneers

who

Steven

Patterson, Steve Kodsi and Phil Rampy.

Shelby

describes

herself

as

enthusiastic, energetic and a hard

Photo by Steven Miller Photography

Shelby focuses her attention mainly

worker. She was given the nickname

to the parks of Orlando - Thornton

“Penthouse Shelby” because she

Park, Delaney Park, College Park,

has sold most of the penthouses in

Baldwin Park & Winter Park - and

the Downtown high-rises.

says she truly enjoys connecting with people, where every day is

When

different and every transaction is a

Downtown

she

new challenge.

scene,

is

not

Orlando

Shelby

running real

enjoys

the

estate surfing,

bowling, traveling, and most of all,

Shelby Norwich Realtor Olde Town Brokers 11 N Summerlin Ave Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32801 C: 407-227-2838 O: 407-425-5069 F: 407-425-1485

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Playing a major role in generating

spending quality time with her two

substantial growth to the Downtown

adorable pugs, Joshe and Sake. <

Orlando area, Shelby was deeply involved in the development of three instrumental high-rises from the ground up. She contributed to the growth of ZOM Residential where she was the head leasing

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114 - RENAISSANCE MEN

JOHN CERVENKA, DDS Southpark Dental Group

ABOUT: John Cervenka DDS is a leader in the

“Doctors of Excellence” award, Angie’s

field of dentistry. He attended the

List “Super Service Award”, “Top Dentist

University of Illinois and earned his

In Orlando”, International Association

dental degree from the Loyola School of

of Dentists “Leading Physicians of the

Dentistry in Chicago. He has practiced in

World”

the Orlando area for the last 32 years. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS In addition to his expertise in cosmetic

AND AFFILIATIONS:

and restorative dentistry, Dr. Cervenka

The Academy of Computerized Dentistry,

is a leader in CAD-CAM dentistry.

the American Academy of Sedation,

The latest CEREC machine allows for

the American Dental Association, The

crown and veneer placement in one

Florida Dental Association, The Central

appointment. The cutting edge 3D

District Dental Association.

Cone Beam Scanner at Southpark Dental Group provides enhanced detail for a

The team of doctors and staff at Southpark

more precise placement and restoration

Dental Group works hard to ensure each

of a dental implant. This latest dental

patient receives an outstanding dental

technology, along with his attention

experience in a welcoming environment.

to detail, enables Dr. Cervenka to provide a customized treatment plan

Dr. Cervenka began to dream of being a

for each patient. He is proud to provide

dentist at the age of ten. He feels blessed

comprehensive, restorative and cosmetic

to have a career he loves as much today

dentistry for patients of all ages.

as when he saw his first patient. He marvels at how technology has changed

Photo by Steven Miller Photography

Dr. Cervenka has been married to

the delivery of dental care and is excited

Leslie for 37 years and is the father to

to continue learn and incorporate the

3 grown children. In his free time, he

latest advancements into the office. He

enjoys golfing, fishing, gardening. Most

is most proud of the dream team he

recently, he is enjoying the new title of

works with each day and he believes his

Grandpa.

patients are the best in Orlando.<

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: In addition to receiving a fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association, Dr. Cervenka has been awarded: Consumers Research Council Left to Right: Dr. Leah Ladley, Dr. Shauna Gaumer-Coen, Dr. John Cervenka, Dr. Yadiris Reiter, Dr. Diana Gomez

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LUXURY ESSENTIALS MICHAEL KORS PADLOCK NECKLACE, GOLDEN A more delicate version of the statement necklace that made an appearance on the Chanel runway, this Michael Kors padlock necklace is the perfect accompaniment to any outfit. Made from golden stainless steel, this necklace will compliment any look. $125 michaelkors.com or neimanmarcus.com

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POWER

PUPS Top 5 Pups with Style and Personality to Match! By Courtney Caggiano

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> It has been said time and again that we often look like our dogs, but it is also true that we share more

than just physical appearances with our canines. As we each have our own personalities and senses of style, we seem to be drawn to dogs that share these attributes with us. Here is a list of five style personas and the dogs to match.

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fur, the Lowchen could easily set trends

the right fit for you. Since it does not

on the doggy runways, and its popularity

shed, the schnauzer does not require

has only increased since its days as the

much cleanup, which is perfect for your

The Maltese is the perfect breed to suit

most coveted dog among European

carefree personality. Also, this caring

your taste if you consider yourself a

aristocracy.

pooch will provide a balance to your

1. THE FASHIONISTA: THE MALTESE

laid-back lifestyle, as it loves to ensure

fashionista, as it doubles as your most

3. THE SOPHISTICATE: THE POODLE

the happiness and protection of its

its hair dolled up in bows and other

The poodle is the world’s second most

fashionable items. Also, this carefree

intelligent dog, which makes it the ideal

5. THE FIT FEMALE: THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIER

breed does not require much exercise,

breed for the sophisticate, who wears

so you can spend your day shopping and

her intellect on her sleeve. If you define

If fitness is one of your top priorities,

your Maltese can tag along with you in a

yourself as a well-read woman or a

the Jack Russell Terrier is the best

dog carrying case wherever you go.

boardroom beauty, then a poodle is the

match for your high energy and love

dog for you. Its low maintenance level is

of the outdoors. This breed needs to

perfect for your busy work schedule, and

be sufficiently exercised, so it is a great

with your choice of standard, miniature,

choice for those who enjoy staying active.

or toy, you can find the perfect poodle to

Although the Jack Russell Terrier is small

fit your lifestyle and home environment.

and compact, it can keep up with you on

adorable accessory. Because it is one of the friendliest dogs in the toy group, the

owner.

Maltese is often comfortable with getting

2. THE TRENDSETTER: THE LOWCHEN If you’re a trendsetter, you need a pooch

a long run on the beach or in the park.

that can match your creative sense of fashion, and the Lowchen, one of the world’s most unique and rarest dogs, has

4. THE CASUAL CUTIE: THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

With its strength and agility, this dog will have you on your toes and ensure that you never lose the motivation to get

a style all its own. This lively dog, with a name meaning “little lion” in German,

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a

is known for its peculiar beauty and

cute tee shirt and a pair of comfortable

trademark coat that is often trimmed to

jeans, and if you have a flair for casual

resemble a lion. With its fluffy head of

chic style, the miniature schnauzer is

your workout on! <

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