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EPA on Agricultural Respiratory Protection Shortages during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

It is imperative that agricultural pesticide applicators wear respiratory protection when required by pesticide product labeling. The COVID-19 public health emergency has created a significant increase in demand for respirators to protect healthcare workers which has, in turn, limited availability of respiratory protection options for…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: An Update on Community Association Emergency Powers Re COVID-19

By:  Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. As you are aware, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52 on March 9, 2020 declaring a state of emergency under Section 252.36 of the Florida Statutes relating to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2,…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: The HEROES Act Would Be A Villain to Community Associations

By:  Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Alexander J. Menendez, Esq. As Congress continues to mull over the 1,800 page HEROES Act that was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, May 15th, a host of oversights have slipped through the cracks with very serious…

Pavese Law Firm attorneys recognized by the 2020 Florida Super Lawyers® Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is proud to announce attorneys Neale Montgomery and Christopher Shields have been named to the esteemed 2020 Super Lawyers list of top attorneys in Florida. This honor is bestowed upon no more than five percent of lawyers statewide. Selections for the revered Super Lawyers list result…

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn Panelist at the Above Board Chamber Lee County Luncheon Meeting

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Crown Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers. During the luncheon, a panel of experts will discuss “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People!”  The panelists will…

Winter 2020 Community Association Newsletter

Lender Questionnaires, Estoppel Certificates, Transfer Fees And Resale Capital Contributions (Who Can Charge Whom, What, When And Where?) Tenants Have Vested Rights – Even After Foreclosure Website Accessibility – “Surf By” Lawsuits – A Growing Trend© An Overview Of Consideration For Community Associations That Want…

2020 Brings New Minimum Salary Requirements and More ….©

The United States Department of Labor was on a mission in 2019 to publish two important—need to know—final rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”): 1) minimum salary for salary exempt employees; and 2) a clearer definition of Regular Rate of Pay (hourly pay…

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn Panelist at Above Board Chamber Lee County Luncheon Meeting

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Crown Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers. During the luncheon, a panel of experts will discuss “Time Management for Business”.  The panelists will include Christina Harris…

Business Commercial Rent and Surcharge Tax Updates Beginning January 2020

Commercial Rent The state of Florida has issued a reduced sales tax rate on commercial rent beginning January 1, 2020. This reduction takes the commercial rent sales tax from 5.7% to 5.5% at the state level. This new law will cause landlords to amend existing…

Pavese Law Firm Welcomes Attorneys Alton Kuhn and Vanessa Fernandez

Pavese Law Firm continues to meet the needs of its clients with the latest additions of two new attorneys. Alton Kuhn will be practicing in the areas of Real Estate Development, Commercial and Residential Transactions, Condominium and Homeowners’ Association Law, and Business Law. Vanessa Fernandez will…

Montgomery Honored as 2019 Top Lawyer by Naples Illustrated Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce Neale Montgomery was named to the 2019 Top Lawyers List by Naples Illustrated Magazine. Montgomery concentrates her practice in land use, zoning and local government; environmental and water; and real estate law.  She focuses primarily on real estate and environmental…

Five Pavese Law Firm Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America List

Attorneys William T. Haverfield II, Christopher J. Shields, Steven C. Hartsell, Neale Montgomery, and Frank A. Pavese, Jr. were selected by peers for inclusion in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Haverfield was selected in the practice area of Family Law, Shields…

Pavese Law Firm Welcomes Justin Mazzara to our Litigation Team

Attorney Justin Mazzara has joined Pavese Law Firm and will be practicing in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Construction, and Business Law. Mazzara earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin…

Partners Recognized as Florida Trend’s 2019 Legal Elite

Attorneys Christopher J. Shields and Chené M. Thompson have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. This is Shields’ sixth year named in the legal elite category. The list of honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes…

HB 7103 Goes into Effect Providing for Prevailing Party Attorneys Fees in Comp Plan Challenges to Local Development Orders

On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7103 which went into effect immediately. The bill contains a number of amendments relating to land use and comprehensive plan requirements, including requirements that local governments must review applications for permits within specified time frames,…

Knick v. Township, No. 17-647 (U.S. June 21, 2019).

“It’s Alive!” In Rose Mary Knick’s family graveyard the U.S. Supreme Court breathes new life into the once popular 42 USC §1983 claim for regulatory takings violations by local governments. “[N]or shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The Fifth Amendment’s…

Pavese Attorney Earns The Florida Bar Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law

Attorney Christopher Pope was recognized by The Florida Bar with Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law. Florida Bar Board Certification requires a rigorous application process and examination, and is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar for the skills, special knowledge,…

Pavese Attorneys Recognized by the 2019 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is proud to announce attorneys William T. Haverfield II, Neale Montgomery and Christopher J. Shields have been named to the esteemed 2019 Super Lawyers list of top attorneys in Florida. This honor is bestowed upon no more than 5 percent of lawyers…

Attorney Mary Vlasak Snell Completes Life Planning Seminar Series

Mary Vlasak Snell, a partner at Pavese Law Firm, recently completed a series of complimentary Life Planning Seminars in partnership with the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida. Snell was a featured speaker at 10 educational seminars in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda,…

Habitat for Humanity 2019 Women Build Kick Off Party – March 6, 2019

Pavese is a proud sponsor at the Habitat for Humanity 2019 Women Build Kick Off Party.  This event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL. For details, click here: …

Human Resources Seminar for Community Association Managers – February 7, 2019

Please join United Community Association Networking (UNET) and Pavese Law Firm for a Human Resources seminar on “Reducing Exposure to Employment Claims and Avoiding Claims of Retaliation” on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club, 13050 Cross Creek Boulevard, Fort…

Must A Residential Construction Contractor Pay Its Project Supervisor Overtime Pay?

Maybe.  It all depends on the project supervisor’s duties.  As a matter of background, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an opinion letter in 2009 on this very topic under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), but withdrew it shortly thereafter stating the DOL…

October 2018 Employment Law Newsletter

What Employers and Employees Should Know about Confidentiality, Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Agreements May an employer restrict employees from working for a competitor following termination? The answer is yes, so long as the employer has a protectable legitimate business interest. Whether your company is an employer…

Fall 2018 Community Association Newsletter

The New Law Which Imposes Term Limits for Condominium Board Members; What We Are Advising Our Condominium Clients At This Time Website Requirement for Certain Condominium Associations Effective January 1, 2019 New Law Requires Homeowners’ Associations’ Board of Directors to Consider Filing Notice of Preservation…

Pavese Attorneys Among those “Top Lawyers” Honored by Naples Illustrated

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorneys William T. Haverfield, II, Diane L. Jensen, Christopher J. Shields, and Neale Montgomery have been named to the 2018 Naples Illustrated Top Lawyers list.   William T. Haverfield, II Family Law       Diane L….

Pavese Law Firm Attorneys Recognized for The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce William T. Haverfield, II, Christopher J. Shields, and Neale Montgomery have been named to the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition in…

Pavese Law Firm named “Best Large Law Firm” by Gulfshore Business

Pavese Law Firm, a multi-practice firm serving individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations, has been named a winner of Gulfshore Business’ 2018 Best of Business Awards for “Best Large Law Firm.” Now in its sixth year, Gulfshore Business’ Best of Business Awards is the magazine’s…

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn Recognized as an APEX Finalist

Christina Harris Schwinn has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2018 APEX Award, which celebrates women who demonstrate professional excellence, champion community service and assist others in attaining professional goals and leadership skills.  Congratulations to Christina and the other four finalists on this much…

Community Association Newsletter – Special Alert: Amendments to HOA Rules and Regulations Now Need to be Recorded

A recent amendment due to take effect on July 1, 2018, to Chapter 720, Florida’s Homeowners’ Association Act will now require amendments to rules and regulations made on or after July 1, 2018 to be recorded in the County’s Public Records in order to be…

Pavese Law Firm Attorneys Recognized by the Florida Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that six (6) lawyers were selected in the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists appearing in Florida Super Lawyers® magazine. From the state, only 5% of lawyers are named to the Florida Super Lawyers® list; no more than 2.5% are named…

Pavese Attorneys Earn The Florida Bar Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law

Four partners with Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Christopher Shields, Steven Hartsell, Charles Mann, and Charles Capps, were recognized by The Florida Bar with Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law.  Florida Bar Board Certification requires a rigorous application process and examination, and…

Delegation of Federal Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority to State of Florida

Chapter 2018-88, Laws of Florida, authorized the Department of Environmental Protection to assume responsibility for the dredge and fill permitting program established under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Department has begun rulemaking and is currently holding public workshops to present the draft…

Spring-Summer 2018 Community Association Newsletter

An Overview of Recent Amendments to Florida Laws Affecting Condominiums and Homeowners Associations and What You Need to Know Legislative Changes to Florida’s Cooperative Statute – Effective July 1, 2018 The Property Appraiser’s Database and Mailing Addresses – What Do They Have in Common? State…

Pavese Law Firm, Sponsor at the 17th Annual Tri-County HR Conference – May 4

Pavese will be a sponsor at the 17th Annual Tri-County HR Conference – HR University – Where Learning Never Ends on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Lee County School Board, 2855 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The keynote speaker…

2018 LCAWL’s Annual Judicial Reception – May 3

Pavese Law Firm will be a sponsor at the annual Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL) to be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, with cocktails from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Edison Restaurant in Fort Myers.  This event honors…

2018 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame, Lee County – April 25

Pavese is a proud sponsor at the 2018 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame, Lee County.  The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, with a cocktail reception…

SHRM SWFL honors Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn with 2017 Excellence Award

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that partner Christina Harris Schwinn was honored with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) SWFL’s 2017 Excellence Award at the March SHRM SWFL luncheon. Schwinn, former SHRM SWFL legislative director, was selected for this award because of…

Attorney Chene’ Thompson comments on Florida’s Judicial Hellhole Rankings Report

Business Observer – March 9, 2018 Read the full article: “Hell Bound”    

Pavese to Sponsor April 12 Above Board Chamber – Lee County Luncheon on “Ethics in Business”

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April. 12, at Pelican Preserve Town Center, 9800 Veneto Drive in Fort Myers. During the luncheon, a panel of experts will discuss business ethics that govern how businesses operate, how business decisions are…

Coming Soon: The U.S. Department of Labor’s PAID Pilot Program

What does PAID Stand for? Payroll Audit Independent Determination. What is the PAID Program’s purpose? This pilot program is intended to test the efficiency of a self-reporting program to correct wage hour violations discovered by an employer and to create a mechanism whereby the employer…

Junior Achievement of SWFL, Board Chair, Christina Harris Schwinn discusses Volunteer-Based Programs

Gulfshore Business – March 2018 Read the full article:  “Mentoring our Future Leaders”

Board Certification Course for Condominium Associations – March 29, 2018

Join Pavese Law Firm for a complimentary seminar “Board Certification Course for Condominium Associations” scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 8:00-12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, 12600 University Drive. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast will be served. Featured guest…

Board Certification Course for Homeowners’ Associations – March 21, 2018

Join Pavese Law Firm for a complimentary seminar “Board Certification Course for Homeowners’ Associations” scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 8:00-12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, 12600 University Drive. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast will be served. Featured guest…

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at SHRM SWFL Lunch Meeting on March 14

Christina Harris Schwinn, partner, former legislative director and current member for  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will speak at the SHRM SWFL’s March lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 14  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza, located at 13051 Bell Tower Dr….

2018 Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum North America – March 1, 2018

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn will serve as a panelist during the 2018 Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum North America “The Ever-Expanding Landscape of Compliance – And What You Need to Know,” to be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018…

U.S. Department of Labor Backs Away From its Onerous Internship Standard and Adopts Primary Beneficiary Test

In January of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated its standard for determining when an intern qualifies as an intern or is actually an employee. This new standard provides for a new flexible standard that is consistent with numerous court rulings over…

Be Part of…Give Where You Live Collier!

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida invites the community to support its efforts to provide key programs on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to local students by donating to the organization during the ‘Give Where You Live Collier’ fundraising initiative, which takes place at noon on…

2018 Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit – February 16, 2018

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn will speak at the 2018 Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit, taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 16, 2018 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building U, in Fort Myers. The Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO) is hosting the event. Schwinn,…

Sexual Harassment Could Be 2018’s Hottest Topic

The only reason there is so much focus on this issue is because as each day goes by, more and more women are coming forward about their own experiences with sexual harassment and making allegations against powerful and prominent men.  These women are getting plenty…

Twenty-Seventh Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference – February 2, 2018

Pavese Law Firm is a proud sponsor at the Twenty-Seventh Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference.  The conference will be held at the Pelican Preserve Magnolia Room, Fort Myers, FL on Friday, February 2, 2018.  This year’s theme, “The Changing Climate of Regulation and Funding”,…

Christopher L. Pope Named Partner

Attorney Christopher L. Pope has been named a partner at the Pavese Law Firm. Pope concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, condominium and homeowners’ association law and construction law. Prior to practicing law, Pope worked as an Area Construction Manager for…

Attorney Mary Vlasak Snell Selected to Junior Achievement, Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mary Vlasak Snell  has been selected to the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board.  (www.jaswfl.org).  Ms. Snell is a long-time member of the Board of Directors United Way of Lee,…

Reggie Brown, past chair, passes the Golden Gator to newly elected SHARE Council chair, Katherine English

Attorney Katherine English has been elected chair of the SHARE Council for University of Florida Institute of Food & Agriculture Services, to serve 2017-2019. The Special Help for Agricultural Research and Education (SHARE) Council is a volunteer-led group dedicated to the development of the University…

Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Hurricane Maria

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional 6 months. A written notification for such an extension…

Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Hurricane Irma

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months. A written notification for such an…

Will the Repeal of DACA Impact Your Business? Maybe.

If your business employs workers who were granted work authorizations under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), read on.  On September 5, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that sunsets the DACA program in six months unless Congress acts to pass a…

ALERT: Army Corps of Engineers Withdraws from the Florida Joint Application Process

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is withdrawing from the Florida Joint Application Process, effective October 1, 2017. Beginning October 1, the Corps will only accept applications submitted directly to the Corps using its forms and formats. The Joint Application Form 62-330.060(1) submitted…

EPA Extends WOTUS Repeal Comment Deadline

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is extending the deadline to submit comments on its proposal to repeal  the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule until September 27, 2107.  The WOTUS Rule revised the regulatory definition of what kinds of areas would be protected…

Attorneys Haverfield, Jensen, Shields, and Montgomery Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce William T. Haverfield, II, Diane Jensen, Christopher J. Shields, and Neale Montgomery have been named to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2018. Mr. Haverfield was also recognized as the 2018 Fort Myers Family Law “Lawyer of the…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Tropical Storm Emily

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an…

Attorney Mary Vlasak Snell Elected to United Way Board

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mary Vlasak Snell  has been elected to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties Board of Directors. (www.unitedwaylee.org).  Ms. Snell is a long-time member of the board of directors of United Way of Lee, Hendry…

Pavese Law Firm Partners Acknowledged as Florida Legal Elite

Pavese Law Firm is proud to announce that partners Christopher J. Shields and Charles B. Capps have been recognized among the prestigious roster of attorneys included in the 2017 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of honorees, published in the July issue…

Pavese Law Firm Partners Named 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Pavese Law Firm is proud to announce partners William T. Haverfield, Diane L. Jensen, Neale Montgomery and Christopher J. Shields have been named to the esteemed 2017 Super Lawyers list of top attorneys in Florida. This honor is bestowed upon no more than five percent…

Summer 2017 – Part 1 Community Association Newsletter

Florida’s New Estoppel Law: How It Will Impact Condominiums, Cooperatives and HOAs in Florida and What You Need to Know. To view the full newsletter click here.

Spring 2017 Community Association Newsletter

Selective Enforcement and Waiver; Court Limits Their Use As a Valid Affirmative Defense 2017 Legal Updates: Election Dispute Medical Marijuana and the Workplace A Recall “Hole” in the Florida Statutes Homeowners Associations: An Election Procedure Pitfall To view the full newsletter click here.

Alternative Dispute Resolution April 28 at The Ins and Outs of Community Association Law 2017

Attorney Susan McLaughlin will discuss Alternative Dispute Resolution during The Ins and Outs of Community Association Law 2017, presented by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. The seminar will take place from 8:45 a.m. to…

“Embracing the value, legacy of Junior Achievement”

“It is undeniable that our youth must develop an understanding of financial and business principles in order to be successful in life,” says Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn.  Click here to read her full article.   Published in The News-Press Date:  April 11, 2017

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Wildfires

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Zika Virus

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a state of emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  With some exceptions, the extension applies…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Hurricane Matthew

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Algae Blooms Extended by Another 60 days

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months. A written request for such an…

Breaking News…Texas Judge Blocks the DOL’s New Minimum Salary/OT Rule

On November 22, 2016, a judge in Sherman, Texas issued an order blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new minimum salary rule that was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  What does this mean for employers?  It means that…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits in 51 Counties due to Tropical Storm Hermine

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an…

Attorneys Haverfield, Jensen, Shields, and Montgomery Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce William T. Haverfield, II, Diane Jensen, Christopher J. Shields, and Neale Montgomery have been named to the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2017.   William T. Haverfield, II, Marital and Family Law Diane L….

Attorney Neale Montgomery Selected as 2016-2017 Regional Council Member for Leadership Florida

Neale Montgomery has been selected as a 2016-2017 regional council member for Leadership Florida, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Florida leaders to better serve the state. Montgomery will serve a one-year term, during which she will be engaged in communicating and…

Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn Recognized by Women in Business as Apex Award Finalist

Christina Harris Schwinn was recently honored as an Apex Award nominee by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee. The Apex Award salutes women in Lee County who excel in professional achievement, community service, mentoring and leadership. Schwinn is active in…

Pavese Law Firm Partners Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorneys Diane L. Jensen and Christopher J. Shields have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice…

Pavese Partners Selected by 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Star Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that four (4) lawyers were selected in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list appearing in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers® magazine.  From the state, only five percent of lawyers are named to the Florida Super Lawyers…

Christina Harris Schwinn honored by Junior Achievement with Lifetime Achievement Award

Pavese Law Firm is please to announce that Christina Harris Schwinn, Partner received Junior Achievement of Southwest  Florida, Inc.’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015-2016. Ms. Schwinn, who once served as president for the Junior Achievement (JA) “company” established at her high school, now serves as…

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Tropical Storm Colin

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an…

Mary Vlasak Snell and Chene Thompson Honored for Pro Bono Work

Gulfshore Business Daily – October 22, 2015 Attorneys Mary Vlasak Snell and Chené Thompson were honored at the Lee County Bar Association Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Snell received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Only seven other individuals received this level of recognition….

Attorney Schwinn speaks with reporter, Dave Elias from NBC-2 re: Florida’s consideration of $15 minimum wage.

For the full story click here.

Pavese Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List

William T. Haverfield, II, Diane L. Jensen, Christopher J. Shields and Neale Montgomery were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.  Haverfield was selected in the practice area of Family Law, Jensen was recognized for…

Fort Myers Partner, Mary Vlasak Snell, Elected to United Way Board

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mary Vlasak Snell  has been elected to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties Board of Directors. (www.unitedwaylee.org).  She is a long time member of the Board of Directors and an Allocations Team Leader….

Pavese Law Firm Named One of the 2015 Best Law Firm Finalists

Pavese Law Firm named one of the 2015 Best Law Firm Finalists in Southwest Florida by Gulfshore Business readers.  We would like to thank you all who participated and for those who voted for Pavese.  Our success reflects the continued trust of our clients and…

Pavese Law Firm Partners Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorneys William T. Haverfield II, Diane L. Jensen, Neale Montgomery, Christopher J. Shields, Brooke N. Martinez and Charles B. Capps have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of honorees,…

Fort Myers Partner, Steven C. Hartsell Appointed Chair of Urban Land Institute, Southwest Florida District

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce Steven C. Hartsell has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida District Council. Hartsell assumes the role of chair effective July 1. ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization representing land use and…

Law Firm Founder, Frank A. Pavese, Sr. Honored

June 2 was special day for Frank Pavese, the 91-year-old retired founder of Pavese Law Firm. Lee County Commissioners proclaimed that day “Frank A. Pavese Sr. Day,” to honor the long-time attorney for his contributions to the region. – See more at: http://www.businessobserverfl.com/section/detail/law-firm-founder-honored/#sthash.YqElfAEy.dpuf June 2…

Pavese Partners Selected by 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Star Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that four (4) lawyers were selected in the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list appearing in the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers® magazine.  From the state, only five percent of lawyers are named to the Florida Super Lawyers…

Partner, Katherine English appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Environmental Regulations

Partner, Katherine English has been selected to serve a one-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Environmental Regulations. The American Farm Bureau Federation, or AFBF, works to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous…

Notice to E-Verify Users

Effective January 1, 2015, employers will not be able to access records that were created on or before December 31, 2004 in the E-Verify system. If your company relies on the federal government’s database for storage of Form I-9 records, your company should take precautions…

Capps Earns Board Certification from Florida Bar

Gulfshore Business Daily, July 18, 2014 Charles B. Capps, Partner at Pavese Law Firm, has earned his board certification in real estate law from The Florida Bar. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of…

Partner Schwinn to Discuss Legal Issues for Employees vs. Contractors

Christina Harris Schwinn will address the employee versus independent contractor classification issue on May 16 at the Tri-County Conference, which consists of three local chapter affiliates of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); HRMA of SWFL (Lee County), CCSHRM (Charlotte County) and HRCollier (Collier…

Pavese’s Schwinn Named To Advisory Board

Gulfshore Business Daily – December 28, 2012 Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn was appointed to the advisory board for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Council, where she joins regional business leaders and professionals in supporting the goals of helping businesses grow, create jobs…

Attorney in the Spotlight

Attorney in the Spotlight is where we will present some of our attorney’s most distinguished and recent achievements. They will be linked below. – Christina Harris Schwinn – Eric Molina – Brooke (Bockemuehl) Martinez

Save The Date: Lunch & Learn Series

  Presented by Pavese Law Firm and Leading Edge Benefit Advisors, LLC Is your business prepared to accommodate tax and family leave requests from an employee who is married to a same-sex partner for equal treatment under federal law? Learn about this and more at…

Bankruptcy Auction

Date:  Monday, September 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Location:  Pavese Law Firm, 1833 Hendry Street, Fort Myers, Florida. All sales final at close of bidding – no guarantees are given on any property, personal or otherwise and no refunds given for any reason. Auction Notice

Lunch & Learn Series – April 30, 2014

Join Pavese Law Firm and Leading Edge Benefit Advisors for a complimentary seminar focused on “What to do when the Department of Labor Comes Knocking on Your Door.” Part of the Lunch & Learn Series, the employment law seminar, will feature guest speakers; Christina Harris…

Bankruptcy Auction

Date:  Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Location:  Pavese Law Firm, 1833 Hendry Street, Fort Myers, Florida. All sales final at close of bidding – no guarantees are given on any property, personal or otherwise and no refunds given for any reason. Auction Notice 

Elected Member of the Board with the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Partner, Christina Harris Schwinn, was elected a member of the board with the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL) for a term of 3 years.  Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young…

United Way Holds Election – Snell Re-Elected Secretary of the Board

New officers and 11 new board members were elected at the recent United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties annual meeting. The officers and executive committee members for 2014-2015 are: Robert Wilson, chairman; John Clinger, vice chairman; Patricia Heath, treasurer; Craig Folk, assistant…

Partner, Christopher Shields Presenting at the Community Owners – Managers & Associates Networking Dinner Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Location: The Plantation Golf & Country Club, 10500 Dartington Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. Presenter: Christopher J. Shields, Board Certified Real Estate Attorney For more information>>

Schwinn Committed to a Three-Year Term as a Member of the Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Read on about Christina Harris Schwinn by clicking here. Article first published in the September 2013 issue of the Res Gestae.  Res Gestae has given us permission to post this article on our firm website.

Attorney’s Title Fund Services Honors Pavese Law Firm

Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC named Pavese Law Firm member of The Fund President’s Circle. The Fund President’s Circle is comprised leaders within the legal profession.  These firms have received this statewide recognition because of the commitment they have shown to their clients and to…

Pavese Law Firm Attorneys Recognized by the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that three (3) lawyers were selected in the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Rising Stars list appearing in the Florida Super Lawyers magazine.  From the state, only five percent of lawyers are named to the Florida Super Lawyers list;…