MDCLC City Attorney Luncheon Seminartivity

The MDCLC's City Attorneys Luncheons offer local government attorneys the opportunity to discuss timely issues in the legal community. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are often awarded for those who attend. Held on a quarterly basis, the MDCLC furthers its efforts to foster professional discussion amongst our local government attorneys.

July 23, 2015

"Who owns the privilege"

 The attorney client privilege is one of the major cornerstones in the practice of law.  There is some debate but no definitive law on the issue of when an attorney is representing a municipal client, whether the entire governing body owns the attorney-client privilege, such that it can be waived by that body, or whether individual members of the governing body can claim the privilege, even if that individual’s interests diverge from that of the governing body.  “Who has the right to waive the privilege?”  This seminar will delve into that issue and arguments on both sides of the issue will be presented.


Panel Members:  Benedict Kuehne, Esq.

                                Craig Leen, Esq.

                                Anthony L. Recio, Esq.

                                Richard Weiss, Esq.


April 17, 2015


July 17, 2013

Topic: "Legislative Session and the changes in the State Ethics Laws"

State Representative Carlos Trujillo
Robert Meyers
Darcee Siegel
Joseph Centorino

Location: 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
1395 NW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33126

March 15, 2013

Luis Montaldo, Esq., General Counsel for the office of the Clerk of the Courts Harvey Ruvin presented at the MDCLC City Attorney Luncheon seminar “GET PREPARED FOR E-FILING; IT'S COMING ON APRIL 1, 2013 AND THAT’S NO JOKE!” The seminar was extremely important for municipal attorneys , and practicing attorneys because beginning April 1, 2013 all pleadings must be filed by e-filing in civil court and on October 1,2013 in criminal court. Mr. Montaldo was available after the presentation to answer questions from those attorneys in attendance.

Location: 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
1395 NW 57th Avenue
Miami, FL 33126

October 5, 2011

Topic: What to expect when you’re expecting a financial urgency

Location: The Bankers Club
One Biscayne Tower
14th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Diana Vizcaino, Esq.
John A. Greco, Esq.
Robin Jones Jackson, Esq.

They are all Assistant City Attorneys for the City of Miami.

May 11, 2011

Topic: “Legal issues involving Florida public pension plans”

Speaker: Ronald J. Cohen

General Counsel for the Florida Public Pensions Trustees Association

October 29, 2010

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics invites you to discuss and compare LOCAL MUNICIPAL LOBBYIST REGULATIONS with other city attorneys.

Date: Fri., Oct. 29, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM

Bankers Club
14th Floor
One Biscayne Tower
2 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami 33131

Cost: $24 for lunch, including tip (tax is exempt)*

Free CLE ethics credit


April 14, 2010


Topic: “How to guarantee a Public Construction Project will cost lots more than necessary”

Speaker: Deborah Bovarnick Mastin, Esq.
Assistant County Attorney of the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Past City Attorneys Luncheon Seminar Topics Include:

July 1, 2009

Topic: “Representing your Local Government Client- is the common law privilege of certain conversations government lawyers have with their clients trumped by higher duty to rectify wrongful acts of government officials despite the confidentiality rule?”

Speaker: Chuck Thompson
International Municipal Lawyers Association

May 14, 2009

Topic: “Qualified immunity defense in the context of government officials being sued for civil rights violation under 42 U.S.C Section 1983”

Speaker: Kevin Markow
Becker & Poliakoff

February 10, 2009

Topic: “The rights of municipalities to provide fire and rescue services”

Speaker: Eugene Stearns, Esq.
Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

October 23, 2008

Topic: “The law and ethics of local government interaction with the news media in Florida”

Speaker: Sam Terilli
University of Miami, School of Law

June 19, 2008

Topic: “The 11th Circuits recent decisions involving Jennings and notice requirements in zoning matters”

Speaker: Julie Bru, Esq.
City Attorney, City of Miami
Rafael Suarez
City of Miami

February 27, 2008

Topic: “How to streamline code enforcement procedures”

Speaker: Alex Palenzuela, Esq.
Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.

October 10, 2007

Topic: “Ordinance relating to the Miami-Dade County fire and rescue service district; eliminating municipal option to opt out of district”

July 26, 2007

Topic: “Recent development in § 1983 litigation”

Speaker: Tucker Ronzetti, Esq.
Kozyak & Throckmorton. P.A.

March 16, 2007

Topic: “Get on board with the new federal electronic filing system”

Speaker: Laura Drewa
U.S. District Court Training & Development Department

September 8, 2006

Topic: "Worker's Compensation and the Unrelated Works Doctrine"

Speaker: Jeff Elrich
Assistant County Attorney

June 16, 2006

Topic: "The Do's and Don'ts for Attorneys at the 3rd District Court of Appeals"

Speaker: Hon. Richard Suarez
3rd District Court of Appeals