Member Highlights: May 10 – 16, 2015

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Member News

‘Wine Down Wednesday’ Debuts New Happy Hour Menu at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Lounge 

SemHardRockBeginning May 13 and every Wednesday thereafter, the Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Lounge in Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will stage “Wine Down Wednesday” featuring hand selected wines from various vineyards across the globe.

Among the wines that will be available this month include: Chalone Chard, Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Reisling, Duckhorn Sauv Blanc, Dynamite Cab, Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir and Wente Crane Ridge Merlot.

In addition, Head Chef of Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Chef Michael Balles has designed a special tasting menu to accompany the unique wine selection.

The innovative cuisine includes: Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs, Council Oak Chips, Artisinal Cheese & Charcuterie, Grilled Flat Bread, Barbeque Oysters, Council Oak Sliders, Mini Cheese Steaks, Ybor Crab Croquets and Bruschetta.

All glasses of wine and menu items will cost $10, allowing guests to dive in and explore the various flavors of Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, including glasses of wine that are generally only available by the bottle.

Reservations are not required for “Wine Down Wednesday” and guests can uncork and “wine down” from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

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Greenberg Traurig Affirms Commitment to the Tampa Bay Area, Signs 10-Year Lease in Bank of America Plaza

As part of its long-term commitment to the Tampa Bay Area and to accommodate future growth, international law firm Greenberg Traurig announced it has signed a 10-year lease for 20,000-plus square feet of “Class A” space, occupying the entire 19th floor of the Bank of America Plaza building. The deal is one of the largest in Tampa this year, based on square footage.

Greenberg Traurig will occupy its newly designed and constructed offices this fall. The design will place Greenberg Traurig’s attorneys, business staff, and clients into some of the most efficient and functional space in the area.

“Our new location will help us work more efficiently in space that facilitates teamwork and collaboration,” said David B. Weinstein, Tampa Managing Shareholder.  “It also will support the growth we anticipate for the region, our clients, and our firm. This move to a full floor and the ten-year lease term reflect Greenberg Traurig’s strong commitment to the Tampa Bay area.  With its convenient location near museums, parks, the Riverwalk, hotels, and other features of the central business district, Bank of America Plaza provides us better access to the cultural, civic, and business communities.”

The high-tech space designed by the international architecture firm, Gensler, includes the following features:

  • “Transparent” design elements, such as glass front walls on offices, that allow natural light to permeate the entire floor plan
  • Interactive technology that allows lawyers to move throughout the office and connect seamlessly with the firm’s global network
  • Adaptable spaces that can be easily modified for a variety of functions, including conference rooms and collaborative work spaces
  • Adjustable pneumatic workspaces that provide flexibility to work sitting or standing
  • Expandable, multipurpose space that can be used as conference rooms, training rooms, and to host events for clients, charitable organizations, and other community partners

“We’re creating an office that exemplifies the future of the legal profession,” said Bert Oliva, managing director of Gensler’s Tampa office. “Greenberg Traurig is a leader in embracing design concepts shared by firms that are defining the law firm of tomorrow.  We have enjoyed working with the firm in Tampa and in other cities to create space that will be welcoming and efficient for both clients and employees.”

Jack K. Hoskins Jr., senior vice president and leader of CBRE’s Tenant Rep group in Tampa, represented Greenberg Traurig on the deal.

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Member Events

May 21: Operation Helping Hand Monthly Dinner


This month’s Operation Helping Hand dinner will be on Thursday, May 21, at 6PM at the James A. Haley VA Hospital SCI Building.

Since 2004, Operation Helping Hand has extended all necessary efforts to assist and support over 950 military wounded/injured being treated at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, and many of their visiting families.  We’ve been blessed with very generous donations from so many generous individuals, organizations, corporations, etc. We are indeed fortunate to have outstanding volunteers and the required support over the past 10 years, and we will continue our mission as long as we are needed.

For more info, please contact:

Bob Silah, Captain, USN (Retired) 
Chairman, Operation
Helping Hand or 

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June 16: Startup Quest Entrepreneur Training Program Information Session

Startup Quest Flyer (2)

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June 25 – 27: Joshua Generation Take Over Youth Revival Conference

J.G.T.O 2015 flyer

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New Hires & Promotions

Attorney Joseph W. Etter Joins Englander Fischer

Joe Etter - Englander FischerThe law firm of Englander Fischer LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Joseph W. Etter IV to its Litigation Practice. Mr. Etter graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2010 after receiving his B.S. from the University of Central Florida.  He is a native Floridian, who was raised in Kissimmee, and now resides in Tampa.

Mr. Etter‘s focus will be in the areas of complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, contract disputes, partnership, and corporate disputes for Englander Fischer. Prior to joining Englander Fischer, Mr. Etter practiced in the Tampa office of Kubicki Draper for several years, concentrating on construction and general litigation matters.

“Joe brings a wealth of experience in litigation which aligns him with our Big Firm Experience, Boutique Service philosophy.” says Leonard S. Englander, founder of Englander Fischer. “We’re delighted to have him join our team.”

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