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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jun. 20, 201612:00 PM EST

Legal notes: Foley & Lardner attorneys win national writing award


Gardner Davis and John Wolfel of Foley & Lardner were recognized by The Burton Awards with a 2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Award.

The Jacksonville attorneys were honored for their article, “Lessons Learned from Dole Foods: What Not to Do When a Controlling Stockholder Wants to Go Private.”

It was published in Bloomberg BNA’s Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report.

The piece examined a case involving Dole Foods and highlighted several lessons for companies on how to manage a going-private, controlling stockholder freeze-out merger.

Davis and Wolfel were chosen from nominations submitted by the country’s top 1,000 firms.

The Burton Awards is a nonprofit run in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.


Fakhre, Karpman named ‘Leaders in the Law’ by FAWL

Two Jacksonville attorneys were among those recognized by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers as 2016 “Leaders in the Law.”

The honor goes to women lawyers and jurists who have shown continuing commitment to their profession and the community, and serve as role models.

They are:

• Joanne Fakhre, who is active in providing pro bono representation on immigration issues through Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. As immediate past president of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, she focused on promoting awareness and community outreach to military personnel. She co-authored a United Nations resolution used in 2004 to support Lebanon’s territorial integrity. Her law firm focuses on immigration and nationality law.

• Jamie Karpman, who’s incoming JWLA treasurer and co-chair of the Informed Voters Project Committee for the state association. She mentors law students on networking, relationship building and professionalism. Karpman serves on the Florida Coastal School of Law alumni board of directors and is a member of The Florida Bar Journal editorial board. She works in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Nominees selected for Florida Bar commissions

The Florida Bar board of governors nominated three lawyers each for vacancies on the state’s judicial nominating commissions.

Gov. Rick Scott will make the final appointments for four-year terms beginning July 1.

Six screening committees of members of the board of governors who practice in the geographic areas corresponding to the vacancies made recommendations to the board’s executive committee.

The committee then reviewed and submitted its recommendations to the board of governors.

The Bar’s nominees for committees with Northeast Florida ties include:

1st DCA, 2016 seat 

Catherine B. Chapman, Tallahassee; Braxton W. Gillam IV, Jacksonville; and Gary K. Hunter, Jr., Tallahassee

1st DCA, 2015 rejected seat 

Christine D. Graves, Tallahassee; Ellsworth W. Hoppe, Gainesville; and Robert F. Spohrer, Jacksonville

4th Circuit 

Clyde W. Davis, Fernandina Beach; Courtney Grimm, Green Cove Springs; and Robert M. Harris, Jacksonville

7th Circuit 

Aaron Delgado, Daytona Beach; Erum S. Kistemaker, Daytona Beach; and Horace Smith, Jr., Ormond Beach

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