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Lawsuit Mechanics: “I’ve Been Sued. What Happens Next?”

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You are home on a Saturday afternoon, when a knock comes at the door.  You greet the unknown visitor, who responds with a stack of documents, and three dreaded words.  “You’ve been served.”  The first page begins, “SUMMONS.”  You read on, realizing that you’ve been sued.  From this moment, you have twenty (20) days to

Warnings to Property Owners

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Florida landowners owe two distinct duties to individuals that enter their property: a duty to ensure that the premises are reasonably kept safe or maintained, as well as a duty to warn others of any unsafe conditions that are not open and obvious.  In short, if a hazard that is not immediately recognizable exists on

What Can I Expect at Mediation?

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Mediation is a confidential process typically utilized after a lawsuit is filed, and in limited circumstances, before a lawsuit is filed.  Parties may be ordered to go to mediation by the judge in their case, or they may decide to go voluntarily.  The mediator is usually selected by the parties but, if they are unable

MINOR SETTLEMENTS: When Kids are Involved in Litigation

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In the State of Florida, many attorneys handle civil matters that involve minor children and their parent/guardian. Often attorneys who settle claims pre-suit do not want to get court approval of settlements involving a minor either for reasons of cost or expediency. In exploring the mechanics of a settlement involving a minor, the following questions

Attorney Spotlight: Meet Partner D. John Morgeson, Jr.

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D. John “Jack” Morgeson, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a resident of Orlando since 1993. Since he began practicing law, he has represented clients in a variety of cases such as personal injury and casualty defense, contract, landlord/tenant, corporate and business entity, construction, real estate, family and consumer related matters. Additionally,

DUI: The Breathalyzer Question

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Should I take the breathalyzer test if stopped as a suspect in a DUI case? In Florida, they teach us at advanced criminal law seminars never to give a “stock” answer.  The reason is because a lawyer must know the answer to a lot of questions that are particular to that person’s arrest.  For example,

Attorney Spotlight: Meet Partner Lindsay N. Greene

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Lindsay Greene is a Partner of DSK Law, with twenty years of experience. She was born and raised in New York, New York.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She received her Juris Doctor from Florida State College of Law. Lindsay represents

When Businesses Are Targets For Cybercrime

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Running a business can be both incredibly fulfilling, but also very nerve-wracking. As most business owners know, if you do not take the right steps – with the assistance of the right attorney – to properly protect your business, you could be facing difficult commercial and business litigation. One such area that is increasingly plaguing

For Children’s Safety, Be Conscientious About Toys

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Toys are a very big business and, in the U.S. alone, are a multi-billion dollar market.  Such a large market attracts profiteers and those willing to sidestep the governmental regulatory protections created for child protection, sometimes leaving evaluation of safety hazards only to scrutinizing parents. That is where you come into the child safety picture. 

Hurricane Preparedness 2018

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Due to storms and hurricanes that have historically impacted Florida, DSK Law has had the opportunity to assist many individuals and small businesses with legal issues related to the after effects of storm damage.  In past consultations with our clients, we have identified certain frequently asked questions or concerns as indicated below which may be

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Congratulations to our 2019 Super Lawyers!

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Partners: David H. Simmons, Kevin Knight and Daniel F. Mantzaris. Attorneys: Cameron S. Frye and Brandon M. Sapp. Click on their names to read more about them!

DSK Law Honors the Victims of 9/11 in the Annual Tunnel to Towers 5k Run

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DSK Law and its friends and families participated in the 2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk.  The beneficiary, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.  DSK Law proudly supports all of our military personnel

Bart Valdes Volunteers as Part of Another Successful Great Bay Scallop Search

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Bart Valdes once again volunteered as a boat captain for the 25th Annual Great Bay Scallop Search.  Bart and his crew participated in a scientific search of selected sites within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay for bay scallops.  The goal of the event is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop

Partner Jason Breslin Donates Fun Chairs to Local Elementary School

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Jason Breslin, Partner in the Orlando office recently donated new exercise chairs to Timber Lakes Elementary School’s Kindergarten class. Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Winokur asked to raise these funds in part of her project “Wobble While You Work.” The new chairs allow these high energy kindergarteners to release their energy when needed so they can focus

DSK Law Sponsors Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary at Florida’s Space Coast

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DSK Law was proud to sponsor the 50th year commemoration of the Apollo 11 historic moon landing. Partner Lindsay Greene attended the three day celebratory event that was hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation at Florida’s Space Coast in Brevard County. Pictured below are the families of the astronauts during a panel discussion, including the

DSK Law at the 2019 Young Lawyers and Law Clerks’ Reception

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On July 11th, some of our Young Lawyer Section members, both associates and clerks, attended the 2019 Young Lawyers and Law Clerks’ Reception at the Orange County Regional History Center. Fun fact: It was built in 1927 and served as the Orange County Courthouse! (Pictured from left to right: Brandon Sapp, Andrew Ballentine, Caitlin Emling,

Kent Showalter Presents at the 2019 Elevate by LegalShield Conference

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Kent A. Showalter presented an hour long segment during the 2019 Elevate by LegalShield Conference in Denver, Colorado on June 22nd. Elevate by LegalShield is an annual conference focused on connecting and empowering lawyers with a passion for eliminating the justice gap. Kent presented on emotional intelligence, customer service and the importance of applying such

David Simmons Recognized as One of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People

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Congratulations to Founding Partner, David Simmons, on being ranked as one of Orlando’s 50 Most powerful people!

Hugo de Beaubien Honored with Award from Stetson University

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At the Florida Bar Convention on June 27th, Founding Partner Hugo de Beaubien received the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Representative Award. He has been an involved member of the Alumni Association for 40 years, stating, “I have felt that for the great education we all received at Stetson we should each give back,

DSK Law Sponsors the First Tee of Tampa Bay

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DSK Law sponsored the First Tee of Tampa Bay Spring Swing event to help raise money and support for the First Tee. Associates Cameron Frye, Aaron Baroff and Christopher Hill attended the event at Top Golf with over 300 people in attendance. The First Tee program uses the game of golf to provide the youth

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