Miami-based litigation firm Kluger Kaplan recently named Lisa J. Jerles Of Counsel at the firm. Jerles specializes in complex commercial litigation cases and family law matters. She has worked with local and national businesses to resolve disputes relating to contract disputes, real estate transactions, employment issues and shareholder derivative claims.
“Lisa is an outside the box thinker who is dedicated to working closely with clients to provide a high level of satisfaction,” said Abbey L. Kaplan, founding member of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. “Her clients always know that Lisa is willing to go the extra mile to be sure that their expectations are met.”
Jerles is noted for working closely with her clients to implement legal strategies that work with long term personal and professional goals. She combines her creativity, analytical skills and strong knowledge of the legal issues to craft winning strategies and arguments for her clients.
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The organization Emunah of America will recognize women who make a difference in an upcoming dinner.
The Emunah South Florida Circle of Life Benefit Dinner takes place on Feb. 3 at The Young Israel Congregation, 9580 Abbott Ave. in Surfside, and will recognize Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood, Gita Galbut of Miami Beach, Dana Tangir of Aventura and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour. Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will be the guest speaker.
Emunah is an organization that began through the efforts and vision of a few determined women in Israel in 1935. It has grown to a network of more than 250 programs that are there for Israel’s people each day. Each of the women being recognized in the upcoming dinner has accomplished acts of “chesed,”-Hebrew term demonstrating an act of loving and kindness – paralleling the type that the organization accomplishes daily in Israel.
Fran Hirmes, the organization’s past national president and current chairman of the board, said about the honorees: “They’re all exceptional women who have given their time and their energy to our organization and to many other organizations and we want to recognize them for that and for their leadership role they play in each of their respected communities.”
Chames, a partner at the law firm of Kluger, Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, P.L. who heads up the Family Law Department at the firm, has been actively involved with local Torah institutions for more three decades. Through the foundation named in memory of her late husband and mentor in giving back, Dr. Abe Chames, she spearheads a project which provides Passover and various other needs for more than 50 South Florida Jewish educators and their families.
The problem of classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor took on new life in the latest lawsuit against ridesharing company Uber brought by several Tampa-based drivers.
How do they comply with murky laws and regulations about classifying workers in an era of so much change in the workplace?
“Certainly, there’s been an uptick in these types of lawsuits,” said Michael Landen, a partner with Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, who specializes in labor and employment law. Landen, who represents a large transportation company whose drivers are suing for overtime pay, regularly counsels business clients on this issue.
“If there is a close call, we tell them to treat them as an employee to be safe or make sure people are working less than 40 hours a week,” he said.
In the Tampa suit, four drivers from Hillsborough County are seeking class action status in federal court in the Middle District of Florida against Uber Technologies Inc. They are challenging, “Uber’s uniform policy of willfully misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors, when, in fact, each such driver is and/or was an employee of Uber,” they said in the suit.
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Emunah of America is excited to announce that the Emunah South Florida Circle of Life Benefit Dinner is recognizing Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood, Gita Galbut of Miami Beach, Dana Tangir of Aventura and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour as Women Who Make A Difference, will be held on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016. Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will participate as Guest Speaker.
Emunah, an organization that was born through the tireless efforts and vision of a few determined women in Israel in 1935, has grown to a network of over 250 programs which are there for Israel’s people each day, caring for the whole Circle of Life, offering love, care, comfort and hope to those who need it the most. To RSVP for the event click here.
There are other key factors to consider that will increase your courtroom effectiveness. Many lawyers decide against traveling to the courthouse to make their arguments. In fact, the Rules of Procedure provide that you can request the court to allow you to present your argument by phone if the hearing will prove to be inconvenient. I only have one rule for you to remember concerning this point: if you want to lose your motion, argue it by phone.
A lawyer’s stock and trade is his or her time. That rule applies evermore so for judges, so remember these few rules. First and foremost, respect the judge’s time. Don’t be late for hearings. Don’t keep the judge or even more importantly, the jury waiting. You’d be amazed at the number of times lawyers have walked into a 30 minute special set hearing five to fifteen minutes late.
Also, do you best to get your documents filed on time. Failure to do so could result in your motion or reply being stricken. And even if not technically stricken, your papers are unlikely to be read by the court before the judge makes her initial consideration. It’s also wise to provide a courtesy copy to the judge even though you have already filed your motions with the clerk. Although some judges prefer not to have paper copies, many still print out a copy to make notes or to have them handy when faced with a few minutes of down time.
Remember, it is all about perspective. Your perspective is standing before the judge. The judge, on the other hand, sits facing you, and what you don’t see is every other lawyer sitting in that courtroom, including the long line of attorneys waiting for you to finish your presentation (argument, rant, etc.). Think about it. The pressure rests on the judge.
I have many more tips to add but have run out of space.
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