Hope Place to Help Hundreds in Volusia County

Hope Place to Help Hundreds in Volusia County

Hope springs eternal in Volusia County, thanks in large part to the vision and relentless efforts of Forough B. Hosseini, Vice President of ICI Homes. Forough, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, is responsible for bringing together representatives from the private and public sectors to convert a former elementary school into Hope Place, a family residential center that will serve 35+ homeless families and more than 32 unaccompanied youth. Hope Place, which opened January 30, 2018, is located in the former Hurst Elementary School, providing a family living center that offers temporary housing before quickly transitioning residents to permanent homes, with the goal of self-sufficiency.

Hope Place is a shining example of cooperation and collaboration between Forough, Volusia County Government, Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) and the Hope Place Building Committee comprised of community volunteers, including many employees of ICI Homes. Together, this team navigated the process of deeding the former school to HUM, made a plan for the construction and renovation work, solicited donated materials and labor, and established an endowment to help fund future operations. Incredibly, under the leadership of Forough, almost all of the funding for the project has been through financial donations from the local community. Once complete, the 55,000 square foot assistance center will serve 170-200 individuals and will provide residents of the neighborhood with an exterior recreation area too.

Throughout the complex planning process, ShuffieldLowman attorneys Scott Cookson, Jim Washburn and Maia Albrecht have been privileged to provide pro bono legal services. Firm partner Scott Cookson has represented ICI Homes with the firm since 2012, and originally brought the Hope Place project to the attention of the firm.

Attorney Jim Washburn, Board Certified in Construction Law, assisted with the drafting of Hope Place’s agreement with the architect for design services and advised on how best to structure the agreement for construction services and helped prepare the construction management agreement. He then met with the selected construction manager and Hope Place representatives to review the contract and ensure that all parties understood its terms to help the project progress smoothly.

Attorney Maia Albrecht, working out of the firm’s Port Orange office, attended multiple Building Committee meetings and served as a liaison for legal work provided by the firm.

Headquartered in Daytona Beach, ICI Homes has been in business for more than 30 years, building more than 10,000 homes in forty prestigious communities throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

ShuffieldLowman’s two offices in Volusia County are located in DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of real estate, corporate law, estate planning and litigation.

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Maia Albrecht Elected to the Daytona Regional Chamber Board of Directors

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Maia Albrecht Elected to the Daytona Regional Chamber Board of Directors

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Maia R. Albrecht was elected by the membership to the Board of Directors of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2018.  Active in the Chamber for several years, Albrecht is also a 2016 graduate of the organization’s Daytona Leadership program.

Albrecht, working out of the firm’s Port Orange and Orlando offices, concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, commercial real estate transactions, lender representation, commercial leasing and secured transactions, including extensive experience in the acquisition, development and financing of commercial properties.  She is a member of The Florida Bar and of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She’s also a magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law.  Community and professional involvements includes Vice President of the Real Property Council of Volusia County, Inc. and membership in the Volusia/Flagler Association of Women Lawyers and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange.  The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation.  Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, environmental law and mediation.

Attorney Ross V. O’Bryan Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney Ross V. O’Bryan Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Ross V. O’Bryan has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office in corporate, securities and tax law.  O’Bryan, previously with a technology consulting firm, brings experience in the complex areas of venture capital investment, financial reporting and monitoring of financial markets.

O’Bryan holds his J.D. from Boston College School of Law, and two degrees from the University of South Florida, a B.S., cum laude, in Finance, and a B.A., cum laude, in International Business.  While in law school he was a regional finalist in the American Bar Association’s national Negotiation Competition and was a member of the Business Law Society and the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange.  The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation.  Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, environmental law and mediation.

Attorneys Brittany Brown and Justin McConnell Join ShuffieldLowman

Attorneys Brittany Brown and Justin McConnell Join ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorneys Brittany Brown and Justin McConnell have joined the firm, working in the Orlando office.  Brown has experience in a wide range of litigation matters, with an emphasis in fiduciary and trust litigation, contested guardianships, and commercial litigation.  McConnell practices in the areas of employment law and civil litigation, partnering closely with business owners, management, and human resource professionals.

Brown holds her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Florida.  While in law school she was a founding member of the Investor Rights Clinic where she represented clients in securities arbitration claims before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  She is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

McConnell hold his J.D. from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida.  While in law school, he was a Trial Team Final Four Finalist in the 2013 Regional National Trial Competition, the Best Advocate of the First Annual 1L Closing Argument Competition, and the recipient of Book Awards, which are awards reserved to the top-most performing law students, in both Trial Team and Trial Practice. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U. S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange.  The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation.  Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, environmental law and mediation.

Orlando Business Journal Names ShuffieldLowman  a 2017 Readers’ Choice Winner for Best Corporate Law Firm

Orlando Business Journal Names ShuffieldLowman a 2017 Readers’ Choice Winner for Best Corporate Law Firm

The Orlando Business Journal‘s readership recently voted ShuffieldLowman the area’s best local corporate law firm. 

Earlier this year, OBJ readers were invited to submit votes in a number of categories in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.  Thousands of readers participated and then the top 10 finalists in each category went head-to-head in an OBJ Business Pulse poll.  The results were published (will be published) in OBJ’s Oct. 20 weekly edition and online at OrlandoBusinessJournal.com.

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Dan Harris  Joins Central Florida Hillel Board of Directors

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Dan Harris Joins Central Florida Hillel Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman attorney Daniel B. Harris was recently appointed as a board member of Central Florida Hillel.  Harris has been an active supporter of Central Florida Hillel, and he currently chairs the Governance Committee in addition to being a member of the Event Committee.  In 2001 the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando established Central Florida Hillel to serve Jewish college students and in 2013 they opened a state-of-the-art building just off of campus at the University of Central Florida. NorthView, the 600,000 square foot facility, was designed to not only house Hillel, but also serve as a 600 bed residence hall, and includes 20,000 square feet of program space for the Catholic Campus Ministry. The University of Central Florida has the third largest Jewish student population outside of the state of Israel.

Harris practices in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, and tax law, representing clients in probate matters, including complex tax planning.  He is a former legal assistant with the Eighth Judicial Circuit’s Probate Division in Gainesville, Florida, with detailed estate planning knowledge from the perspective of judicial proceedings. In addition, his experience includes representing clients in connection with creating and maintaining specifically tailored estate plans, various corporate matters related to closely held entities, probate and trust litigation, as well as tax controversy cases before the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue.

A law graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Dan holds an Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate, and the Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate.  He also holds an advanced law degree, LL.M. in Taxation, from the University of Miami School of Law.  Dan has authored articles on taxation, published by The Florida Bar, and he has served as a judge at the National Tax Moot Court competition sponsored by The Florida Bar Tax Section.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange.  The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation.  Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, environmental law and mediation.