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Q&A with Hugo de Beaubien

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How was DSK Law founded in 1976? “DSK Law was founded in 1976 when former Partner Tom Drage and I started a Firm in downtown Orlando – that was formerly the Firm of a sole practitioner who became a Judge.” What are you most proud of? “I am proud of our growth into one… Read More »

David Simmons: A Letter To My Former Self

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            In a few weeks, I will have the honor of giving the commencement address to one of the graduating classes of the University of Central Florida.  As a Florida State Senator who has had the opportunity to be a big part of the success of Florida and the growth of UCF in the… Read More »

Don’t Let The Mailbox Rule Box You Out

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Amber Ashton, Special Counsel in the Firm’s Tampa Office, has published another article for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (“RPPTL”) of the Florida Bar’s quarterly magazine, ActionLine. As part of her fellowship with the RPPTL, Amber’s article “Don’t Let The Mailbox Rule Box You Out” outlines practice pointers for other attorneys… Read More »

Are You Prepared for this Year’s Hurricane Season?

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By Kent A. Showalter III, Esq. 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… Read More »

Is Privacy Obsolete in Modern Litigation?

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq. (Mr. Valdes is a Partner in the Firm’s Tampa Office and is the Chairman of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar) Within the past decade, the introduction and widespread adoption of social media use by individuals and corporations, as… Read More »

The Legal Meaning of Marriage: 12 Benefits Same-Sex Married Couples Now Receive

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By Lindsay N. Greene, Esq. and Ruben Laboy, Jr., Esq. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marriage. As reported in The New York Times, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy defined marriage as a “keystone… Read More »

A Few Things You Probably Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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By Richard A. Tanner, Esq. ‘Tis the time to be Irish whether you are a Lopez, Viscontini, Ilkavich, or Flannigan! March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day of Honor and celebrated universally as a “national” party to gather with friends and family, without any overly religious overtones. Perhaps being over 50% Irish was my genesis for… Read More »

Taking the Deposition of an Entity Representative or Custodian of Records and Seeking Electronically Stored Information

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq. on behalf of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar The use of multiple electronic devices, as well as automated systems, and integrated technology, is commonplace in today’s world.  Almost everything that we do in our day-to-day routines generates some kind of data,… Read More »

Requests For Production Instructions And Definitions: How To Make Them Work For You

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq., on behalf of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar In the ever-changing world of technology, the legal profession can be slow to adapt.  Within the past decade, the introduction and widespread adoption of social media use by individuals and corporations, as well… Read More »

Code Enforcement Matters: A Reconsideration

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By D. John Morgeson Jr., Esq. Can a code enforcement board or Special Magistrate rehear or reconsider a case, matter or issue previously presented?  That is the question.  Not exactly Shakespeare, but one potentially relevant to a residential or commercial property owner, or local governing body. Section 162.11, Florida Statutes (2014), governs appeals from final… Read More »

Firm News

Senator David Simmons Selected as Senate President Pro Tempore

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The Florida Legislature is made up of citizen legislators – citizens who still actively carry on in their business & professional careers, and also dedicate their time to public service as members of Florida’s Legislature. We are proud to announce that David Simmons, a Founding Partner of DSK Law, has been selected as Florida Senate’s new… Read More »

Richard Tanner Honored at ABOTA Reception

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Our Tallahassee Partner, Richard Tanner was recently honored with a reception and plaque for his service as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) for 2017-2018.  ABOTA is an organization of highly skilled lawyers (both plaintiff’s and defense practices) and judges with multiple civic minded missions addressing the… Read More »

Bart Valdes Continues Leadership in Statewide Task Force and in Florida Bar Section

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Bart Valdes represented the Firm at the recent Winter Meeting of the Florida Bar.  Bart sits on the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar and is also the Chairman of the Proposed Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Task Force.  As Chairman of the Task Force, Bart is… Read More »

Hugo de Beaubien Out in the Community

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Hugo de Beaubien worked as a volunteer with fellow Kiwanians at the 53rd annual Kiwanis Kumquat Bowl, securing the admissions gate and selling delicious grilled items from the snack bar. Twenty-four top Pop Warner youth teams competed over 2 days at Bishop Moore High School in 12 games for the title of league champion… Read More »

Andrew Ballentine Deepens His Presence in the Federal Bar Association

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Andrew Ballentine has been appointed to a task force by the Federal Bar Association President Maria Z. Vathis. The task force seeks to increase opportunities for inexperienced lawyers to appear before their local federal courts for oral argument on motions that may not normally have oral argument granted. The task force endeavors to accomplish… Read More »

David Simmons Presents to the Business Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association

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David Simmons presented to the Business Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association recently in a panel discussion regarding the Business Court’s closure and the judicial funding problem. David concluded the roundtable session with a Chinese proverb; “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”… Read More »

DSK Law Participates in Record Gala for the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association

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Bart Valdes and Chris Hill represented the Firm at the record breaking Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship Gala. This year the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association raised over $50,000 from sponsorships, including a donation from DSK Law! Bart Valdes proudly serves as the Treasurer of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and worked hard with many… Read More »

Brandon Sapp Becomes President of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association

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Brandon Sapp has been elected as President of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association for 2018-2019. Brandon also serves on the Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors and the Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees for 2018-2020.  

Thank You!

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This season we are full of splendor and gratitude. Thank you for your business and for a fruitful 2018. Happy Thanksgiving!

DSK Law Opens New Office in Melbourne Florida

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our office in Melbourne, Florida! Thank you Melbourne Regional Chamber for welcoming DSK Law to Melbourne and for putting on such a great event. Brett Miller, a native of Brevard County, has relocated from the Orlando office to work out of the new Melbourne office. We are… Read More »

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