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ACC Central Florida Prepares for Storms on the Horizon

Photo: Weinberg Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC attorneys left to right: Ron Schirtzer, Jessica Vurns, Melissa Roque, Steve Mooney, Cindy Bonilla, and Nan Rigby at ACC Central Florida's CLE.


H urricane Irma wiped out the seminar planned for September 14, 2017 by sponsor Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC. This year, on September 13, 2018, the firm returned and prevailed, presenting a half-day CLE at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park, FL entitled "DANGER! STORMS ON THE HORIZON: Is Your Company Prepared to Handle the Legal Perils Heading its Way?"

More than 70 participants attended the seminar addressing the legal perils commonly faced by in-house counsel, incorporating interactive technology with real-time audience responses via their personal devices. The seminar was set in motion with an update on how the flood of litigation alleging company websites of ADA violations proliferates, from the financial industry to the hospitality industry and beyond.

Nan Rigby, partner at Weinberg Wheeler, adeptly outlined the ADA's requirements, conflicting court decisions, and the accessibility issues commonly raised on behalf of the visually impaired plaintiffs. The session closed with members offering a few war stories of their own.

The following session, presented by partners Steven Gonzalez and Cindy Bonilla and associate Melissa Roque, included a panel with ACC Central Florida's very own Doug Kelly (Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation) and Michael Drywa (Geo Tel Communications, LLC).

The engaging discussion covered trending dangers to watch for at various stages of litigation, including spoliation claims, use of social media, and venue and jury considerations. Results were also revealed from a survey of ACC members regarding their experience with litigation landmines, spoliation claims, and "judicial hellholes."

Last but not least, partner Ron Schirtzer presented an Ethics CLE paying homage to meteorologist Jim Cantore. This interactive program addressed some of the most common ethical quagmires faced by in-house counsel, covering conflict issues, business transactions with their companies, up-the-ladder reporting, and state licensing requirements.

The seminar ended with a perfect storm of networking, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails themed to the event - Howling Hurricanes and Dark 'N Stormies.


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