Law office by day, art gallery by night

Visiting Kluger Kaplan’s Miami office overlooking Biscayne Bay feels like you stumbled upon a secret upscale art gallery more than a characteristic law office.

After hours the space transforms into an art gallery and welcomes non-profits and businesses who make a charitable contribution at the firm, for an intimate cocktail hour and art tour. All proceeds are donated to the charity’s organization.

Founding partner, Alan Kluger, and his wife, retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge, Amy Dean, have been collecting artwork for more than 30 years. Kluger hand-picked from his private collection and moved several pieces into the office.

This past month, Kluger Kaplan hosted The Tribe, a group of Jewish young professionals looking to grow both personally and professionally in various leadership capacities.

The group received a personal guided tour from Alan, who showcased his latest collection featuring artists from countries throughout the world. Each piece reflects Kluger’s desire for understanding other cultures.

With Art Basel approaching, below are some pictures from The Tribe’s recent tour and a preview of some of the notable pieces that adorn the walls of Kluger Kaplan.

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The piece titled “Vision in Green” by Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrie, represents how the Haitian population was decimated after the European conquistadors brought plague ad disease to the land.

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Alan Kluger’s passion for art is evident as he tells the story behind his latest collection.

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The piece titled “Hoy” was created by Douglas Arguelle Cruz, an artist who lives and works in Miami, Florida, originally from Havana, Cuba.

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Alan Kluger pictured with The Tribe during their visit.

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Cuban American artist Jorge Pantoja is known for his series of drawings, that have been called visual haikus. This piece titled “Perfectionist” demonstrates his use of intimate scale and meditative strokes.

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Los Carpinteros is a Cuban artist founded in Havana in 1992 by Marco Antonio, Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, and Alexandre Arrechea. In their work, the artists incorporate aspects of architecture, design and sculpture such as this piece titled “Downtown Verde.”

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This piece titled “Rapsodia en Azul” was created by Gonzalo Cienfuegos. Gonzalo was born in Santiago, Chile in 1949, and has exhibited in various countries including Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Spain, France and the United States.

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Members of The Tribe socializing after their personalized art tour, lead by Alan Kluger.

 

 

Kluger Kaplan’s Daniel Rosen Reappointed to Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Complex commercial litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine announces that Daniel N. Rosen, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Minneapolis office, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a second term as a member of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Dan RosenThe Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board is tasked with regulating campaign finance and lobbyist activities in state campaigns. Mr. Rosen has served on the board since 2014 and served as its Chair between 2016 and 2017. His new term will run through January 2022.

 “I am honored that Governor Dayton has appointed me to serve another term on this critically important board,” said Mr. Rosen. “Transparency and disclosure in campaign finance is essential to our election process, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to ensure these values continue to be upheld.”

As Partner-in-Charge of Kluger Kaplan’s Minneapolis office, Mr. Rosen focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation. He is a leading Minnesota lawyer representing property owners in eminent domain takings and has represented major national corporations including Exxon Mobil, Walgreens and Sears Holdings. Mr. Rosen is a former officer in the United States Navy and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board consists of six members, appointed by the Governor of Minnesota on a bi-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. The appointments must be confirmed by a three-fifths vote of the members of each house of the legislature. Its mission is to promote public confidence in state government decision-making through development, administration, and enforcement of disclosure and public financing programs.

Workers are dressing more casually. Does that affect productivity?

Miami Herald titleBy Cindy Krischer Goodman

As the summer brings sweltering heat, office dress is shifting. Skirts and sleeves are shorter, sandals are prevalent, and both seasoned professionals and the summer’s crop of interns test the boundaries of casual dress.

But as office dress codes become more relaxed, some employers worry that the work ethic will weaken. Will wearing polo shirts to the office discourage employees from staying past 6 p.m.? Will dressing in khakis instead of a power suit make a manager less likely to invite clients to lunch? Will wearing sandals lessen someone’s motivation to negotiate a deal?

Alan Kluger_063 greySome employers give their employees leeway to dress up or down, asking mostly that they “be presentable” in the office. At the Miami law firm of Kluger Kaplan, lawyers often walk the hallways in nice jeans and a button-down shirt. But when they go to court, Alan Kluger urges attorneys to dress the part and insists it creates confidence and credibility: “If you’re in front of a jury, you want to be the lawyer they want to hire. Dress makes a difference in the courthouse, it just does.”

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Textbooks Don’t Teach It, But Rainmaking Is Within Your Reach

Commentary by Richard Segal, Daily Business Review

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2015- Richard Ian Segal of Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine

I am 31 years old and honored to be the youngest partner ever at my law firm.

I started practicing at the age of 23. I have been practicing for more than 2,500 days, and for the last 60,000 hours of my life there has not been an hour that has gone by that I have not thought about marketing. I was fortunate enough to have senior named partners in my firm stress that the lifeblood of achieving success as an attorney is mastering the law and mastering the market.

Here are 10 tips I have learned along the way. Use this to build your road map, and stick to it.

1. Keep what works for you — Try not to emulate someone else’s marketing path or success. Recognize their path, heed their advice, and incorporate what works naturally for you.

2. Do it naturally — If you don’t naturally like giving speeches, then write articles. Start off with what comes naturally, but then don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of the norm. When it feels natural you will enjoy it more and subconsciously do it more often.

3. Find a place where your story will be well received — Figure out what story you are going to tell. I do almost all of my marketing in Miami Beach. I joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce early in my career and quite frankly did not really know how to “work the room.” My grandparents moved to Miami Beach in 1948, my father was born in Miami Beach at Mount Sinai, I was born at Mount Sinai, and my newborn son was just born at Mount Sinai. Starting to see my story? While I didn’t know at first how to work the room, if I could do nothing more than just tell people about my roots in Miami Beach, I was connecting.

4. Trial and ERROR—– Join many different groups and take many people out to business lunches. Then find the place where your story is being received well. Take your internal temperature after each event. If you walk away in a pleasant mood it is more likely that when you were networking you were engaging and likeable. People do business with people they find enjoyable.

5. Light up the room — This is easier said than done, but the quicker you can make it natural, the quicker you will be climbing the marketing ranks. Walk into the room and be bold (not bombastic. Light the room up, don’t just be one light among many in the room.
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