OCBA Committees

The OCBA has 24 committees designed to provide you with current and timely information in your legal specialty area, develop CLE seminars, submit articles for The Briefs magazine and participate in a wide variety of community service projects and OCBA-sponsored social events. We encourage you to become involved with one or more of these committees.

Committee chairs and members - You are invited to submit two articles per year on a substantive topic for publication consideration in The Briefs. The Briefs is 9 times per year, excluding March, September, and December. Articles and columns are due the 15th of the month, six weeks before the month of publication. See guidelines.

The Briefs Submission Guidelines

If you have questions, please contact Peggy Storch, Communications Manager, by email.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Meeting time and location: 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., OCBA Center

Chair
Amanda Renee Murphy, Esq.
O’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at Law, LLC
2290 Lucien Way, Ste. 205
Maitland, Florida 32751
407-475-5350
Contact by email

 

Appellate Practice Committee

Meeting time and location: 4th Wednesday of every month (excluding December and May), 12:00 -1:00 p.m., OCBA Center. Information to come about December and May events.

Chair
Carrie Ann Wozniak

Akerman, LLP
420 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
407-423-4000
Contact by email

Co-chair
William R. Ponall, Esq
.
Ponall Law, P.A.
253 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 201
Maitland, FL 32751
407-469-6200
Contact by email

 

Bankruptcy Law Committee

Purpose: This committee is generally oriented toward the consumer bankruptcy practitioner, who is usually a solo or smaller firm.

Meeting time and location: Last Friday of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Sophia C. Dean, Esq

The Orlando Law Group
12351 Lake Underhill Rd., Ste. 213
Orlando, FL 32828
407-459-8415
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Joshua J. Tejes, Esq.

Tejes Law, PLLC
11 N. Summerlin Ave., Ste. 2258
Orlando, FL 32801
407-734-5166
Contact by email

 

Business Law Committee

Purpose: The objective of this committee is to enhance the professional development of lawyers who practice business law in Orange County by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and issues of mutual interest. The Business Law Committee includes litigators and transactional attorneys serving corporations and other businesses. The attorneys in this committee practice in a wide range of areas ranging from commercial and construction litigation; intellectual property; ERISA; franchise law; corporate governance; securities; commercial real estate; mergers and acquisitions and many other disciplines.

Meeting time and location: 1st Wednesday of every month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Daniel H. Coultoff

Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP
111 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
407-481-5800
Contact by email

 

Co-chair
Shaunda L. Brown, Esq.

Shaunda Brown Attorney & Counselor at Law, P.A.
P.O. Box 1750.
Apopka, FL 32704
321-277-9301
Contact by email

 

Construction Law Committee

Purpose: The committee is dedicated to enhancing the legal representation of property owners; architects; engineers; contractors; subcontractors and other individuals involved in the construction industry.

Meeting time and location: Please contact chair.

Chair
Ryan P. Scordato, Esq.

O'Connor & O'Connor, LLC
840 S. Denning Dr., Ste. 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-843-2100
Contact by email

Co-chair
Randi B. Starrett, Esq
.
5201 Tavel St.
Orlando, FL 32821
941-321-7071
Contact by email

 

Criminal Law Committee

Purpose: The goal of the committee is to facilitate interaction and promote goodwill among members of the OCBA who practice in the area of criminal law. Each year, the Committee undertakes a number of projects and activities that are designed to be of benefit to criminal law practitioners. The three principal projects and activities of the Committee are (1) to prepare and maintain a directory of the judges of the criminal law bench in Orange County, (2) to sponsor continuing legal education seminars, and (3) to present the Gary L. Formet, Sr. Award. The Criminal Law Committee has a diverse membership that includes judges, public defenders, private defense lawyers, and prosecutors. We are always looking for new members.

Meeting time and location: Please contact chair.

Chair
Alena V. Baker, Esq.

Alena Baker Criminal Defense, P.A..
1515 E. Livingston St., Ste. B..
Orlando, FL 32801
407-545-4408
Contact by email

Chair
Ryan Williams, Esq.

State Attorney's Office - Fifth Judicial.
550 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778
Contact by email

Diversity/Inclusion Committee

Meeting time and location: Please contact chair.

Chair
Onchantho Am, Esq.

Southern Trial Counsel PLC
205 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-422-6100
Contact by email

C0-Chair
Rosalind B. Johnson, Esq.

The Johnson Firm, P.A.
320 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. A9
Ocoee, FL 34761
407-374-2896
Contact by email

 

Elder Law Committee

Purpose: The purpose of this committee is to provide attorneys practicing and/or interested in the field of elder law a means to further their knowledge in the area of elder law and enhance their ability to counsel clients.

Meeting time and location: 3rd Wed. of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Amber Jade F. Johnson, Esq.

Law Offices of Amber Jade F. Johnson, P.A.
471 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
407-786-2388
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Kristine L. Tucker, Esq.
Law Offices of Amber Jade F. Johnson, P.A.
471 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
407-786-2388
Contact by email

 

Estate, Guardianship & Trust Committee

Purpose: This committee meets each month to discuss changes in our areas of law and procedures in the local court system. At each meeting, we provide encouragement, information and assistance in our areas of practice; to better one another in our field of law. The committee also conducts seminars and participates in OCBA activities. We also have subcommittees to deal with pertinent issues affecting committee members.

Meeting time and location: 2nd Monday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the OCBA Center.

Chair
Lea Anne Groover, Esq.

PNC Wealth Management
420 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 300
Orlando, FL 32801
407-428-3001
Contact by email

Co-chair
Christina Miner, Esq.
Giles & Robinson, P.A..
401 N. Mills Ave., Ste. A
Orlando, FL 32801
407-425-3591
Contact by email

 

Family Law Committee

Purpose: Family Law Committee: The purpose of the Family Law Committee is to provide attorneys practicing and/or interested in the field of family law a means to further their knowledge in this specialty area and enhance their ability to counsel clients. The committee holds monthly meetings at which accountants, mental health experts, judges, attorneys, and others present information of importance to family law practitioners. The committee also sponsors an annual Family Law JA Appreciation Luncheon and other events.

Meeting time and location: 3rd Friday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the OCBA Center except for December when the group has a holiday gathering. Check OCBA web calendar for more details.

Chair
Annabelle S. Catania, Esq.
Patten Law Firm, LLC.
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Ste. 250.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-226-9115
Contact by email

Co-chair
Erin F. Duncan, Esq.

C. Todd Smith Law, P.A.
4829 New Broad St.
Orlando, FL 32804
407-841-8294
Contact by email

 

Federal Judicial Relations Committee

No Chair at this time. Please contact Sasha Jaquith by email..

 

Gala Committee

Meeting time and location: Contact Kim Homer by email

 

Immigration Law Committee

Meeting time and location: Please contact chair.

Chair
Jorge E. Sevilla, Esq.

The Sevilla Law Group, PLLC
P.O. Box 770130
Winter Garden, FL 34777
407-906-4622
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Dina M. Castillo Ward , Esq.

Astera Law Group, PLLC
801 N. Magnolia Magnolia Ave., Ste. 426
Winter Garden, FL 34777
407-906-4622
Contact by email

In-House Counsel Committee

No chair at this time. Please contact Sasha Jaquith by email

 

Insurance Law Committee

Meeting time and location: Please contact chair

Chair
Julie A. Tyk, Esq.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1200.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-203-7599
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Allison R. Bekavac, Esq.

Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
1900 Summit Tower Blvd., Ste. 400.
Orlando, FL 32810
321-972-0000
Contact by email

 

Intellectual Property Law Committee

Meeting time and location: 2nd Tues., every other month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Joshua R. Brown, Esq.

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
450 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 650
Orlando, FL 32801
407-254-2609
Contact by email

 

Judicial Relations Committee

Meeting time and location: 2nd Wed. every other month beginning September 2016; 12:15-1:15 p.m., Orange County Courthouse, 23rd Floor Conference Room

Chair
Andre T. Young, Esq.

The Young Law Firm of Florida, LLC.
1115 E. Livingston St.
Orlando, FL 32803
407-422-4000
Contact by email

 

Labor & Employment Law Committee

Purpose: The committee's purpose is to encourage shared learning, collegiality, and networking among labor and employment practitioners.

Meeting time and location: 4th Wed. of every other month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center (beginning Sept.)

Chair
Scott C. Adams, Esq.

LaBar & Adams, P.A.
2900 E. Concord St.
Orlando, FL 32803
407-895-8968
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Ryan LaBar, Esq.

LaBar & Adams, P.A.
2900 E. Concord St.
Orlando, FL 32803
407-895-8968
Contact by email

Law Week Committee

Purpose: Our ABA award-winning Law Week program, now spanning several months of activities, has been a way for the OCBA to recognize and showcase outstanding citizens in central Florida as well as demonstrate its community commitment, high degree of civic interest and active participation in promoting legal education throughout our schools. Among a variety of activities, the OCBA will present the Liberty Bell Award to an outstanding citizen; present the Student Law Awareness Award to a deserving high school student; hold a country-wide poster and essay contest; hold a DUI Prevention Program; provide the mock courtroom demonstrations to school children across Orange Conty; arrange for students from the Migrant Farm Worker Ministry to job shadow members of the judiciary as well as attorneys in the Ninth Judicial Circuit; and a 5k Run.

Chair
Lorraine N. Pitre, Esq
4733 Fox St.
Orlando, FL 32814
407-230-8087
Contact by email

Co-chair
Andrew P. Irvin, Esq.

Robert F. Green & Associates, P.A.
501 S. New York Ave., Ste. 230
Winter Park, FL 32789
321-207-8393
Contact by email

 

Lawyers Literary Society

Meeting time and location: 2nd Wed. each month (Sept.-June), 12:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Dorothy F. Green, Esq.

Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP
111 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
407-487-5800
Contact by email

 

Professionalism Committee

Meeting time and location: 1st Tues. every month, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
John Y. Benford, Esq.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.
111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
407-203-7599
Contact by email

Co-chair
Amy J. Carter, Esq.

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
255 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 900
Orlando, FL 32801
407-872-6011
Contact by email

 

Real Property Law Committee

Meeting time and location: Last Tuesday of each month. time and location: TBD.

Chair
Camara A. Williams, Esq.

The Williams Trial Group, P.A.
2295 S. Hiawassee Rd., Ste. 317-318.
Orlando, FL 32835
321-332-6136
Contact by email

 

Social Committee

Purpose: The committee's purpose is to provide networking opportunities for OCBA members, and encourage camaraderie and professionalism among attorneys, the judiciary and the legal community.

Meeting time and location: 2nd Wed. of most months; 11:45 a.m. at a local downtown restaurant. Please RSVP to the Social Committee Chair.

Chair
Jennifer A. Smith, Esq.

Southern Trial Counsel, PLC
205 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-422-6100
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Jennifer L. Morando, Esq.

Morando Legal, PLLC
P.O. Box 568823
Orlando, FL 32856
407-720-6200
Contact by email

Social Security Committee

Meeting time and location: 2nd Thurs. of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Richard A. Culbertson, Esq,

Law Office of Richard A. Culbertson
3222 Corrine Dr., Ste. E
Orlando, FL 32803
407-894-0888
Contact by email

Co-chair
Paul J. Morgan, Esq.

Morgan, White-Davis & Rodriguez, P.A.
1099 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-629-5300
Contact by email

 

Solo & Small Firm Committee

Meeting time and location: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Thomas B. Feiter, Esq.

The Fighter Law Firm, P.A.
1500 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-344-4837
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Sandra I. Rivera, Esq.

The Law Offices of Sandra Rivera, P.A.
283 Cranes Roost Blvd., Ste. 111
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
407-375-2085
Contact by email

Tax Law Committee

No Committee Chair at this time. Contact Sasha Jaquith by email

 

Technology Committee

Purpose: The committee provides a forum to share ideas and provide information regarding best practices for utilizing technology to enhance the practice of law and to better understand the impact of technology on litigation and the courts.

Meeting time and location: 3rd Wed. of every other month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., OCBA Center.

Chair
Barbara J. Leach, Esq.

Barbara Leach Law, PL
1516 E. Hillcrest St., Ste. 309
Orlando, FL 32803
407-672-1252
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Lisa Gong Guerrero, Esq.

State Attorney's Office
415 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-836-2400
Contact by email

Veterans Committee

Chair
Donald R. Morrell, Esq.
Kendrick Law Group.
630 N. Wymore Rd., Ste. 370t.
Maitland, FL 32751
407-641-5847
Contact by email

Co-Chair
Everett L. McKeown, Esq.

Veterans Legal Advocates, P.A.
5513 Meadow Pine Ct.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-701-1645
Contact by email

Workers' Compensation Committee

Meeting time and location: Please contact Chair.

Chair
Sean P. McCormack

Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter
801 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 830.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-712-7300
Contact by email