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December 30, 2014
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio On Jan. 1, Florida’s minimum wage will rise from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour, an increase that is the result of a state constitutional amendment passed in 2004 that instructs the state to adjust its rate to keep pace with cost... Read More
December 17, 2014
Attorney Ken Poole, an Associate with Syprett Meshad, celebrates his five-year anniversary with the firm in December. Kenneth M. Poole, Jr. Mr. Poole’s practice is devoted to the areas of family and criminal law. He assists clients in a wide variety of marital, divorce, and domestic related issues... Read More
September 25, 2014
Syprett Meshad attorney Nancy E. Cason was featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune Business Weekly section (Monday, September 22, 2014) discussing the foreclosure outlook for the greater Sarasota area. Read the full article at Attorney and foreclosure specialist Nancy E. Cason of... Read More
September 03, 2014
The US Supreme Court recently took the privacy of a person’s cell phone one step further: requiring a warrant before law enforcement can obtain any information from a cell phone. Two cases were before the Court. The first involved a search of a flip phone found on a man arrested on suspicion of... Read More
July 22, 2014
F. Scott Westheimer Syprett Meshad Managing Partner, Attorney F. Scott Westheimer, has been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious “Legal Elite” list for the third consecutive year. Only 1,165 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2014 list, which represents just 2 percent of the more than... Read More
July 09, 2014
Syprett Meshad President Michael L. Resnick and Partner Teresa D. Jones have been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list, and Managing Partner Nancy E. Cason has been named a “Rising Star” for the second straight year. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for Super Lawyer honor... Read More
June 27, 2014
As a result of an April Supreme Court decision in the case of Navarette v. California, it is now legal for a law enforcement officer to pull a driver over based solely on an anonymous tip, even if the officer does not observe any further evidence of criminal activity prior to stopping the driver.... Read More
May 28, 2014
Peter Krotec Syprett Meshad recently recognized Attorney Peter J. Krotec for 25 years of service with the firm. Rated AV Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, Attorney Krotec joined Syprett Meshad in May, 1989, was named partner in 1994, and served several years as managing... Read More
May 20, 2014
Earlier this month, attorney Kenneth M. Poole, Jr., participated in Sarasota County Lakeview Elementary’s annual Law Week, which included a mock trial in the case of Goldilocks v. the Three Bears. Kenneth M. Poole, Jr. Law Week 2014 marked the third year Poole has taken part in the program. “It’s a... Read More
May 14, 2014
Automobile drivers who are facing a first-time suspension for a breath test over .08 or for refusing to take the breath test have an option available to them that many do not know: Those drivers can waive their right to a formal review of their suspension in exchange for obtaining Business Purposes... Read More