Firm News

GBW Selected as Finalist for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce 2013 Chamber Awards

Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A. has been selected by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce as a 2013 Chamber Awards Finalist for the Service Industry Business of the Year award.

The Chamber Awards is an annual ceremony recognizing businesses for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.  Chamber members nominated 63 businesses in seven categories for the Chamber Awards, and each finalist will compete to win in their specific category as well as for the Chamber Business of the Year award.

The Chamber Awards will be held at the University Center Club on May 7, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Garvin Bowden Presents Program – “Liability and Your Association” – to Tallahassee-Leon County Council of Neighborhood Associations

On January 14, 2012, Garvin Bowden presented a program to the Tallahassee-Leon County Council of Neighborhood Associations (“CONA”) entitled “Liability and Your Association.” Mr. Bowden’s presentation focused on potential personal liability of individuals serving as homeowners association officers and directors.

Mr. Bowden regularly represents Florida homeowners associations on a variety of issues, including covenant drafting, amendment and enforcement, corporate formation, association governance, collection of assessments, and transfer of developer’s control.

Schef Wright Published in Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter

Schef Wright’s article, “Determinations Of Need In Florida – Electrical Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Proceedings” was published in the December 2012 Special Energy Edition of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter.  Mr. Wright’s article can be located on the ELULS website at http://eluls.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/12-12.pdf  (Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, December 2012).

Garvin B. Bowden Achieves Board Certification in Real Estate Law

Garvin B. Bowden, a shareholder with the law firm of Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A., has achieved board certification in real estate law with The Florida Bar. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar with regard to competence and experience within an area of law, as well as in professionalism and ethics in practice. Mr. Bowden’s practice includes both real estate litigation and real estate transactions.

Schef Wright Presents at a CLE Webinar

On April 5, 2012, Schef Wright, a Shareholder at Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A., presented at a CLE webinar on The Basics of State Licensing of Power Plants and Electrical Transmission Lines in Florida hosted by The Environmental & Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar.  Mr. Wright’s presentation focused on determinations of need in Florida power plant and transmission line permitting proceedings.

Schef Wright Serves as Panel Member at Future of Energy in Florida Forum Series

On March 21, 2012, Schef Wright participated in the panel discussion on “Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Renewables: Can clean energy sources meet the challenge?” hosted by St. Petersburg College, Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions.  The panel examined the current state of energy technologies and the impact of policy upon them.

Mr. Wright, a Shareholder at Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A., has focused his practice on Energy and Public Utilities Law, including Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Utility Rates and Service and Franchise Issues.

Mike Bist Serves with the Capital Improvements Review Team

Mike Bist, a shareholder with Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A., is serving on the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, New Construction/Remodeling Subcommittee for the Capital Improvements Review Team (“CIRT”). CIRT is currently reviewing the need for an extension of the half-cent cent sales tax referendum for education. Recommendations from CIRT are set to be submitted in April 2012.

Ben Bush Receives Distinguished Young Lawyer Award for 2012

On February 7, 2012, Ben Bush was awarded the 2012 Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award by the Tallahassee Bar Association (the “TBA”) .  This award is given each year to a Young Lawyer who exemplifies the contributions that Tom Ervin made to the legal profession, The Florida Bar and the TBA.  Recipients of this annual award are acknowledged for their exceptional service to TBA, TBA’s Young Lawyer Section and the Legal Aid Foundation, for exhibiting a high standard of professionalism, and for their participation in activities that promote interaction and collegiality among TBA members.

David S. Dee Named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Tallahassee Litigation – Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named David S. Dee as the “Tallahassee Best Lawyers Litigation – Environmental Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate David S. Dee on being selected as the ‘Tallahassee Best Lawyers Litigation – Environmental Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

Garvin B. Bowden to Serve as Panelist for the 6th Annual YLS “Afternoon at the Courthouse”

On October 13, 2011, together with members of the Second Circuit Judiciary, Garvin B. Bowden will serve as a panelist for the Professionalism in Practice presentation at the 6thAnnual “Afternoon at the Courthouse” program hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association.  Mr. Bowden has been a member of the Second Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee since its reorganization in 2003, and Mr. Bowden is a Past-President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association. 

 The “Afternoon at the Courthouse” program is designed to provide new members of the Florida Bar with a fundamental guide to practice in the Second Judicial Circuit.