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Alan B. Garfinkel
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Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Releases ‘Florida’s Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations’

Law Firm Launches Newest Guidebook in its 'Law and Learning Guidebook Series' to Encourage Community Associations to Become Active in Florida’s Political Process
MARGATE, FL (PRWEB) July 10, 2012 - Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, today announced the latest addition to the law firm’s ongoing “Law and Learning Guidebook Series” with the release for free public download of “Florida’s Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations.”
Available online immediately at, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s “Florida Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations” details for community association Board members, homeowners and managers alike, the fundamental workings of the Florida State Legislature and the roles of both legislative chambers – the House and Senate – in the annual consideration of legislation that impacts Florida’s 60,000+ community associations ...

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Katzman, Garfinkel, & Berger Receives Community Association Service Provider Designation
HEATHROW, FLORIDA - JUNE 27, 2012 - FCAP-Florida Community Association Professionals, LLC, announces Katzman, Garfinkel, and Berger Law Firm (KG&B) of Margate, Florida has been named a CASP Designated Member (Community Association Service Provider) of FCAP. The CASP designation is offered to FCAP members who have applied to and completed an extensive vendor program designed specifically for the community association industry in Florida.
KG&B's founding partner, Donna Berger, recently completed the program to achieve the highest level of recognition for vendors who offer services to the community association industry. As part of the requirements for the professional designation, KG&B employees Marlene Kirtland, Gaylene Coover, and John Christensen attended advanced industry and communication training through Florida CAM Schools in Orlando. The company also agreed to conduct business according to the FCAP code of ethics and underwent a business risk analysis of its organization, among other things.

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Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Name Partners Selected by Peers to Prestigious “Florida Legal Elite” List

Maitland, FL & Margate, FL (PRWEB) June 27, 2012  -- Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, today proudly announced the selection of all three of the law firm’s name partners, Leigh C. Katzman, Alan B. Garfinkel & Donna DiMaggio Berger, to the prestigious “Florida Legal Elite” list of attorneys published each year by Florida Trend magazine.

The 2012 Ninth Annual Edition of the Florida Legal Elite list will be published in the July issue of Florida Trend, recognizing distinguished Florida attorneys deemed by their peers across the state to have achieved a standard of excellence in their profession.

In the Florida Legal Elite peer-review rating process, Florida lawyers are asked to name currently licensed and practicing attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Each nominated attorney receives a score based on the number of votes received, then the list of top vote-getters is vetted against data provided by the Florida Bar and a panel of top Florida attorneys reviews and ensures the integrity of the entire selection process ...

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Take a few seconds and take our poll at

In the interest of spurring awareness and letting us all know how others are preparing for the event of a tropical storm, hurricane or weather-related natural disaster in your community, we've launched a poll of our group members and would ask you to take a few seconds and respond at the following link in our group to the question:

Who's in charge of storm/disaster preparation in your community association?

There are five easy choices: Manager, Board as a whole, Individual Board member, Special Committee or Other.

Again, please take a moment when you get a chance and go to to respond.

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Developer bankruptcy in a construction defects case?

Why associations should NOT "throw in the towel," even when a developer has gone bankrupt ...

Here's another case in point, in which recovery of $4.1 million in damages is being funded by insurance companies for the builder, general contractor and 40 subcontractors -- despite a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the developer.

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Central FL Board Members, CAMs ... don’t forget the CAI Mid-Florida Chapter Trade Show Mar 29th at the Hilton Orlando. We’ll see you there!

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger proudly supports the CAI Mid-Florida chapter in its important annual trade show event for the rapidly expanding Central Florida community association population and for those firms who serve community associations throughout the mid-Florida region,” said Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Founding Partner Alan B. Garfinkel, who leads the Firm’s Central Florida operations from offices in Maitland.

“Throughout the year, the CAI Mid-Florida chapter does outstanding work in the area of Board member and manager education and toward improving Central Florida community association living,” Garfinkel added. “We encourage all Central Florida community Board members and licensed managers to come out to the show at the Hilton Orlando on March 29th and to stop by the Katzman Garfinkel & Berger booth ...”

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Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Announces Expansion of Southwest Florida Community Association Law Practice

Naples, FL (PRWEB) January 12, 2012 - Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, today announced the significant expansion of its statewide community association law practice, naming veteran attorney Raymond A. Piccin as law firm Partner in charge of Southwest Florida operations and opening a new Fort Myers office to assist in providing the firm’s full range of legal services to community association clients throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

Mr. Piccin, formerly a Senior Attorney in Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s Margate/Ft. Lauderdale offices, is well-known to Southwest Florida community associations, previously having provided legal counsel to local homeowner, condominium and cooperative associations, particularly in the area of Life Safety issues impacting those communities, and also having served as an instructor in seminars and continuing education courses provided by the firm’s Community Advocacy Network (CAN) to association Board members and managers in Collier and Lee counties.

The firm’s new Fort Myers office, located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., and its existing Naples office at 1415 Panther Lane, Suite 208, will offer the firm’s full range of legal services of to Southwest Florida community associations in the areas of corporate governance, collections and foreclosures, as well as casualty, construction defect and general commercial litigation.

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Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Announces Board Member Boot Camp(R) for Space Coast & Central Florida Community Association Board Members and Managers

Popular Board Member Boot Camp® Seminar at Titusville’s Warbird Museum Headlines KG&B’s New 2012 Winter Schedule of Community Association Board Member Certification and Manager Continuing Education Courses

Titusville, FL / Margate, FL (PRWEB) January 05, 2012 -- Board Member Boot Camp®, the popular community association training seminar that has received rave reviews from participating condo, HOA and other association Board members and managers from throughout the State, is coming to Florida’s Space Coast for a fun-filled half day of State-certified Board member education on Saturday, Feb. 25th at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, FL.

Presented by Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B), the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, and the Community Advocacy Network (CAN), Florida’s leading advocacy organization for community association residents statewide, Board Member Boot Camp® is a lively and completely FREE seminar in which newcomer and veteran community association Board member “recruits” are trained by KG&B’s corps of highly experienced community association attorney “officers” and “drill sergeants” to successfully serve on their community association Board of Directors.


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Community Advocacy Network and AtHomeNet Partner to Benefit Florida Community Associations

Margate, FL and Suwanee, GA (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 - The Community Advocacy Network (CAN), Florida’s leading advocacy organization for community association residents statewide, has joined forces with AtHomeNet, Inc., a web services company in suburban Atlanta, to offer Florida residents with AtHomeNet websites a portal to connect with legislators, members of the media, and community association advocates.

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Odds Are High for Another Active Hurricane Season in 2012

Chances are next year will be another active hurricane season in the Atlantic if an El Niño does not develop, say forecasters at Colorado State University.

The forecast team of Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released its early hurricane season forecast for 2012, saying that it is dispensing with the usual numerical forecast for the number of storms. Instead, Klotzbach and Gray issued their forecast in terms of the probabilities “of the key factors influencing the hurricane season.”

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