Miami law firm transformed into after-hours art gallery for nonprofit fundraisers

Miami Herald

Alan Kluger, founding partner of a boutique litigation law firm in downtown Miami, is also an art aficionado.

“I’m an art guy, it’s what I do,” said the veteran courtroom attorney who, for more than 30 years, has traveled the world with his wife, retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Amy Dean, adding to their private collection of Contemporary Latin American art.

Now the lawyers at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine have transformed their office overlooking Biscayne Bay into an after-hours gallery and they donate the space for charity fundraisers.

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The Uber Decision

By: Michael T. Landen

Michael Landen_226 greyIn Berwick v. Uber Technologies, Inc., on June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commission issued a ruling classifying an Uber driver as an employee, not an independent contractor. Berwick v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 11-46739 EK.  This recent decision has been the subject of significant discussion in the legal community and it presents an ever-evolving issue of law which affects many employers. The independent contractor versus employee distinction has been discussed and debated by multiple courts for years. Moreover, this issue reaches beyond personal transportation services. For example, in 2014 the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling finding that FedEx had misclassified its ground drivers as independent contractors. Alexander v. FedEx, 765 F.3d 981 (9th Cir. 2014).  As a result of that ruling, FedEx settled with the 2,300 California drivers for $228 million this past week. FedEx’s settlement and the California Labor Commission’s decision in the Uber case are hot topics in the area of overtime compensation, and will likely have far-reaching implications for businesses engaged in transportation services.

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Parents tour art collection, support Jewish day school

Sun SentinelThe Parents’ Association of The Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation in Miami recently got creative when they organized a fundraiser that included a tour of an art collection covering the walls of a local law firm.

The law firm Kluger Kaplan in Downtown Miami hosted this fundraiser and its proceeds went to The Gordon School Scholarship Fund. The law firm donated the food and wine for the event. The art collection that hangs on the law firm’s walls belongs to Alan Kluger, the firm’s founding partner, who has had a long passion for art and led the tour during the event along with his wife, Amy Dean, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s general campaign chair. They are both Gordon School grandparents.

“We opened the firm’s space to be able to allow organizations to use it as public space to raise funds and I couldn’t think of any organization better than my grandchildren’s Jewish day school to be the first organization to use this space to raise money,” Kluger noted.

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Chambers USA Ranks Kluger Kaplan Partners in 2015 Edition

Miami, FL – Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L is pleased to announce that 3 of the Firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, one of the most esteemed legal publications in the world. The Chambers USA guide annually ranks preeminence in key practice areas, and achievements of law firms and lawyers throughout the country considering the complexity of the work, firm growth and client service.

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Step Away From the Computer: Why Divorce and the Internet Don’t Mix

By: Jason Marks, Member

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

Jason Marks_072 greyIt should come as no surprise by now that content posted on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums is open for the whole world to read.  Nor is it a secret that such public postings are discoverable in the court of law.  For example, at the end of last month, a Manhattan judge ordered Twitter to release the private tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester in an ongoing criminal investigation, only further underscoring what has become a new trend whereby courts are reluctant to recognize privacy rights when an individual posts his or her thoughts in a public forum.

Most of us have friends who feel it necessary to publicize every detail of their personal lives on Facebook – including taking jabs at their soon-to-be-ex spouses.  But can taking a pop shot at your ex-to-be negatively impact the outcome of your divorce?

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