My $451,000,000 Lottery Winner

By, Walter W. Blenner Earlier this year I became one of only a handful of attorneys nationwide who have represented a lottery winner of what is called, “extreme wealth”. This prize of $451 million won here in Florida was the fifth largest lottery win in US history. However, it was soon to be eclipsed by someone in N.H. who won over $560 million. Regardless of what one thinking about any one single person winning this kind of largesse, it is a new reality in the Read More +

The Critical Importance of Obtaining “UM” Car Insurance

This is a subject I’ve written about before and it’s time to do it again: If you do not have uninsured motorist protection (“UM”) on your policy of car insurance you are potentially placing yourself and your family in a position of financial jeopardy. I know insurance is complicated and with car insurance policies you’re sometimes buying up to five or six separate types of insurance. While all insurance coverages have merit, UM will protect you and your family if you’re injured in a car Read More +

I Just Witnessed A Car Hit A Bicyclist

Last week, as I sat in my car at a red light around dusk, I saw two teens crossing in a crosswalk with the right of way across a big 6 lane road (Main Street, Dunedin). One teen was walking and the other was on her bicycle. As you know, all bicyclists are supposed to walk their bicycles across the street, and now I know why. While I had the red light, the cross street had a green light. However, even though there’s a green Read More +

Social Media – Trashing a Business Isn’t Without Repercussions

Years ago a world renowned inventor hyped his new invention and said it would be a life changer for everyone – that cities would have to be redesigned to accommodate his futuristic invention and that this device would be the most significant change in our lives to date. This device would be indispensable, and we’d all have one or two in our household. The inventor was Dean Kamen, and the invention turned out to be the Segway. Don’t you own one? Yeah, it was an overall dud unless Read More +

The Myth of “Picking a Jury”

Currently lawyers in the George Zimmerman murder trial of Trayvon Martin are picking a jury. In reality, lawyers don’t really “pick” a jury, so much as exclude those who express actual opinions. The process is known as “voir dire” and if you’ve never been called for jury duty, lawyers from both sides lob questions to the panel of potential jurors sitting in front of them to try to root out some information that would determine how that panelist thinks. So, for instance, a lawyer might Read More + Read More +

If Texting and Driving Doesn’t Get You Killed, It Will Get You A Ticket

Believe it or not, Florida is one of only five states in the country not to legally ban texting and driving. That may be coming to an end very soon. Recently the Florida Senate voted 36-0 to ban this nasty activity that has killed as many as 11 teenagers a day in this country.  A unanimous vote in Tallahassee is about as unlikely as a teenager without a smart phone. So this is sailing through the Legislature with no resistance. Next, the bill will be Read More +