Canadians in Florida Car Crash Cases

Here in Florida we have lots of Canadian snow birds who reside here as much as six months a year enjoying our climate and escaping some pretty awful weather up north. Canadians frequently own property here, pay real estate taxes here and greatly support our local economy with their dollars, so as far as I’m concerned, they are most welcome in my backyard of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater and New Port Richey. Plus, I love Canada, so we usually have lots to discuss about their Read More +

Gov. Rick Scott’s New Year’s Gift You Cannot Return

This is probably my most important blog post since I started writing one year ago. Please take a few moments to read this – it is, after all, about you if you drive a car in Florida. Much like the ugly sweater you received this Christmas that cannot be return without the receipt, our governor is giving you something you didn’t need or want, it’s a nasty piece-of-work and it’s coming your way on January 1, 2013. Like it or not – it’s going to Read More +

My Summer Post about Gun Control – Redux

This past summer I wrote a blog post about gun control. It was August, 15th. This was just after the movie theater shooting in Colorado, and the Sikh mosque shooting in Wisconsin by a white supremacist (do you even remember that one?). My conclusion was that the issue of gun control would never gain a foot-hold in an election year since the GOP is firmly on the side of the NRA and democrats don’t like the issue since it polls badly – many democrats are Read More +

President Jimmy Carter: My Former Law Professor and the Value of Mediations

When I was a law student at Emory Law School in Atlanta, we had a very distinguished professor teach us about this newly developed process to settle serious disputes: Former President Jimmy Carter stood at the head of our classroom that semester in front of maybe 25 of us and spoke to us about Mediation. At the time, President Carter was out of office a number of years and his main accomplishment in the White House was peace in the Middle East through the Camp Read More +

Hola from Spain!

The photographs here were taken today, November 28, 2012, just outside the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. As a long time European traveler I’m used to seeing protests in action in socialized countries. One thing Americans and Europeans have in common is the love of griping about their government through free speech. Last fall when I was in Munich, there were huge protests over, of all things, a local airport opening up another runway. Odd, but there were the masses chanting with sign posts in hand, arms Read More +

The Happy, Thankful Lawyer

It is said there are no such things as happy lawyers, only happy people who made serious career mistakes. After all, the stereotyped attorney is a grumpy professional, surly, growling at the world through rapacious teeth just looking for a fight. In actuality, while there are some of those out there, they do tend to prematurely “self-deport” from the profession after massive strokes and heart attacks when they’ve won the legal fight but lost the war of living a meaningful life. And I have known Read More +