Tag: Coral Gables Trial Attorney

North Miami cop who shot the unarmed caretaker of a man with autism goes to trial

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Three years later, fragments from a police bullet are still lodged in Charles Kinsey’s leg.  The pain is the physical reminder of the day a North Miami cop shot Kinsey as he lay on the ground, his hands up in the air as he tried to protect his severely autistic client. The emotional trauma is just as acute. “I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to expect,” Kinsey told the Miami Herald. “I still ask myself... [...]

He’s one of Miami’s brightest developers. A trio of lawsuits suggests a darker side

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Edgardo Defortuna has been flying high for years, hiring star architects and erecting a string of ultra-luxury condo and hotel towers on his way to becoming one of Miami’s most prominent developers. He recently announced his first foray outside South Florida, unveiling a design for a trio of luxury towers in Paraguay. But three separate lawsuits against Defortuna and his Fortune International Group suggests there may be a dark side to the... [...]

The ‘ultimate nightmare scenario’ for this historic Miami church: A $7 million tax bill

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The First Presbyterian Church of Miami, the oldest organized congregation in the city, has been hit with a $7.1 million tax bill by the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, which claims the church has violated its religious exemption status by leasing a portion of church grounds to a for-profit school and food trucks. The church, located at 609 Brickell Ave., has run a K-8 religious school on the property since 2008. The bill comprises a tax lien... [...]

accessory dwelling units: should they be legal to rent in Miami Beach?

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Could accessory dwelling units (ADUs) be making a comeback in Miami Beach? City Commissioner Ricky Arriola hopes so. He’s asked his colleagues to consider the idea as a means to help homeowners offset their expenses while creating more affordable living options for renters. According to the website Accessory Dwellings, “An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same... [...]

Judge Steven Leifman receives Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

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The 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health has been awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to Judge Steven Leifman, an Associate Administrative Judge and chair of the board of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. The ceremony took place at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Oct. 26 following the annual Brain and Behavior Research Foundation International Mental Health Research Symposium. Leifman was honored for... [...]