Attorney Polk Installed as
President of Inn of Court
Bonnie Lee Polk has been installed as President of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court for the 2016–2017 term. The Inn works to promote excellence in legal advocacy; foster greater understanding of the system of American law; provide significant educational experiences that improve and enhance the skills of lawyers and judges; help the development of law students; promote collegiality; and carry ethical values from one generation to another.
Ms. Polk is a litigation attorney. She focuses on clients involved in probate and trust disputes, representing trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries, and interested third parties in trust proceedings, will contests, and other fiduciary litigation. Ms. Polk also represents clients involved in corporate and real estate disputes.
Secretary of Bar Association
Jennifer Fowler-Hermes was recently sworn in as Secretary of the Manatee County Bar Association for the 2016–2017 term. The association’s purpose is to instill in its members the principles and duties of service to the public; improve the administration of justice and advance the science of jurisprudence among its members; maintain the highest standards in the profession of law in the County of Manatee and in the State of Florida; and maintain and promote social and recreational gatherings to provide for a cooperative spirit among the members of the Bar.
Ms. Fowler-Hermes is a board certified specialist in labor and employment law. She represents private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit employers of all sizes in litigation matters and also assists employers in managing risks to avoid litigation. Her experience includes representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in many employment matters, including claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act, whistleblower/retaliation laws, and employment law torts. She also serves as a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit mediator.
Firm Publishes Requisite VI
The Business Succession Edition
Williams Parker recently published its sixth edition of “Requisite,” the firm’s thought-leadership publication offering insights on legal issues. The current edition focuses on succession planning for family businesses of all sizes. The publication includes an interview with Kenneth J. Feld, the Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the largest family entertainment company in the world. It also includes articles covering some of the emotional and technical challenges to creating a great succession plan such as leadership transitions and minimizing taxes—challenges facing nearly every family-owned business—an article reviewing unique issues faced by family agribusiness enterprises, and an article exploring the under-appreciated connection between Henry David Thoreau and his family’s business.
“Over the years, our attorneys have counseled many family-owned businesses. Irrespective of industry, size, or location, we have found several shared characteristics,” said Ric Gregoria, president of Williams Parker. “This edition of ‘Requisite’ shares some of our insights to help clients be among the 30 percent of family-owned businesses that survive the second generation, the 12 percent that survive the third generation, and the three percent that survive the fourth generation.”
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