2018 Winter Newsletter



LLW Welcomes New Attorney Janice Rustin

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In October, Janice Rustin joined the firm’s West Palm Beach office as an Associate.  Ms. Rustin will focus on public pension, local government and land use law. Accordingly, she will advise public employers and pension boards on relevant federal and state laws pertaining to governmental retirement plans.  Working closely with local officials and actuaries, Ms. Rustin will assist in restructuring retiree benefit programs.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Rustin join our firm and we appreciate the value she brings to our organization,” said the firm’s President and Shareholder Michelle Diffenderfer. “Her exceptional reputation and experience in local government law is a big win for our clients and the community.”

Prior to joining LLW, Ms. Rustin served as an Assistant City Attorney from 2012 to 2018, and also as a member of the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board from 2013 to 2018. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad Law Center where she received a Doctor of Law (J.D.), summa cum laude.

Ms. Rustin is an active member of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association; Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section; and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Ms. Rustin can be reached at jrustin@llw-law.com or at 561.640.0820. Access her full resume here.

Telsula Morgan Selected for ABA’s Membership Diversity Enhancement Program

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LLW attorney Telsula Morgan was selected for the American Bar Association Membership Diversity Enhancement Program.  The program is designed for lawyers who have been typically under-represented in the membership section.  The program’s principal goal is to have its programs, publications, and other activities reflect the diverse perspectives and interests of all lawyers who practice in the environment, energy, and resources areas.  A limited number of applicants are selected each year.  Selection is based on the degree of involvement and interest in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Ms. Morgan’s practice focuses on administrative, civil and appellate litigation, land use, health care, environmental and natural resources law.  She is a member of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association, and is an active member of the Palm Beach County Environmental Appeals Board and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


LLW Charitable Activities


The LLW St. Petersburg office participated in the Lealman Fire District Annual Christmas Outreach program by purchasing and delivering toys to children in the community. Click the link for more information: https://www.lealmanfire.com/december-2018

LLW sponsored the Leadership Florida Day of Service event at the North County Senior Center on December 15th in Palm Beach Gardens. Volunteers served breakfast to local senior citizens. https://www.leadershipflorida.org/day-of-service

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LLW participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on November 17th in West Palm Beach.  LLW raised over $800 for the cause.  http://www2.heart.org/goto/LewisLongmanWalker 

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LLW participated in the St. Pete Run Fest 5K race on November 17thhttps://stpeterunfest.org/


LLW sponsored the Tallahassee Margarita Society’s Margarita Ball on November 16th. The organization works with different charities in and around Tallahassee to help fill gaps in their holiday season gift giving missions. https://tinyurl.com/y8xm2bsk


LLW sponsored the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s “Tee it Up” Golf Tournament on October 18th. Proceeds from the event went to the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  https://www.jaxlegalaid.org/


LLW was a proud supporter of the Coast2Coast4Cancer Ride on September 13th in Tallahassee. https://www.crowdrise.com/c2c4c


LLW News

LLW sponsored the “Garden of Lights” Winter Holiday Event that ran November-December at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.  https://www.mounts.org/


LLW participated in the American Indian Arts Celebration at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum November 2-3rd at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation https://www.ahtahthiki.com/events/.


LLW and WGI hosted a miniature golf event on November 1st in West Palm Beach that raised over $2,250 for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.


LLW sponsored the Whole Child Leon Chopped Jr. event on October 28th in Tallahassee.  LLW attorney Natalie Kato served as Chair of the event.  https://wholechildleon.org/chopped-event-information


Brenna Durden and Telsula Morgan attended the Florida Redevelopment Association Conference October 24-26th in Fort Myers. http://redevelopment.net/2018-annual-conference/ …


LLW sponsored the Northeast Florida Builders Association “Beast Feast” October 18th in Jacksonville.  The event recognizes local government officials for all their hard work and service.  https://www.evensi.us/nefba-beast-feast-6747-southpoint-pkwy-jacksonville-fl-32216-united-states/266069003


LLW sponsored the Northeast Florida League of Cities Dinner Meeting October 18th in St. Augustine. https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com


LLW sponsored the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Conference October 17-20th in San Diego.  https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/inperson/300900029/


John Wallace and Fred Aschauer attended the Florida Brownfields Association Annual Conference September 30-October 3rd in Daytona Beach.  https://www.floridabrownfields.com/2018-annual-conference


LLW sponsored the ATHENA Awards Luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches on September 21st in West Palm Beach.



Michelle Diffenderfer attended the Caribbean-American for Community Involvement in Florida’s Annual Friendship Ball on September 15th in West Palm Beach. https://www.cafcipbc.org/annual-friendship-ball


LLW Presentations

Fred Aschauer gave a “Water Wars Update” at the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Florida Technical Meeting on November 30th in Tallahassee.  LLW was a proud sponsor. https://www.awraflorida.org/event-2961209


Seth Behn presented at the 12th Annual Ethics Seminar November 14th in Boca Raton.  The seminar hosted by the American Planning Association Florida Chapter focused on the role of ethics in local governments.  http://www.floridaplanning.org/event/12th-annual-ethics-seminar-using-power-ethically/


Lori Killinger, Chris Lyon and Natalie Kato presented a “Post-Election Deep Dive: Florida” webinar, hosted by the Public Affairs Council on November 14th.


Wayne Flowers presented “Wetland Mitigation Banking and Pollution Credits” at the Environmental and Health Safety Roundtable on November 8th in Jacksonville.  LLW was a proud sponsor. http://www.ehsroundtable.org/nextmeeting.php


Glenn Thomas presented “Florida Retirement Systems & Local Pension Plan Update” at the 44th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum on October 26th in Orlando.   https://member.floridabar.org/s/lt-event?site=a0a36000003SDujAAG&id=a1R36000002luEREAY


LLW sponsored the Whole Child Leon Chopped Jr. event on October 28th in Tallahassee.  LLW attorney Natalie Kato served as Chair of the event.  https://wholechildleon.org/chopped-event-information


LLW Attorneys Amy Taylor Petrick and Nicole Poot presented “Public Records and Private Consultants: Obligations and Opportunities in Section 119.0701, Florida Statutes” at a Lunch & Learn hosted at all LLW office locations on October 24th.


Natalie Kato participated in a panel discussion titled “After the Election: Building Relationships with an Incoming Administration” at the Public Affairs Council State and Local Government Relations Conference on September 26th in Alexandria, Virginia.  https://events.pac.org/slgr-agenda-2/


Richard Green participated in an “Ask a Lawyer” panel discussion at the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce event on September 20th in Bradenton.  https://www.manasotabcc.org/