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November 6, 2021 – Reflections of 5 Years in Recovery

I recently celebrated 5 years in recovery from addiction to alcohol. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for being granted this gift of recovery, a gift so many struggling with addiction find illusive. I will never know why I was given this opportunity to live ...

November 6, 2021 – A Tale of Two Cities

My wife and I recently went on a trip to Islamorada in the Florida Keys for our third wedding anniversary and to Palm Beach for a business meeting. What a striking reminder that we very much still live in a Tale of Two Cities. At lunch and dinner, my wife and I would...

September 19, 2021 – When Will The Foreclosure Sale Be?

One question we get a lot in our practice is “If I get foreclosed on, how far out is the sale date?” I will give you the legal answer first and then I will give you the practical answer. Under Florida Statute 45.031(1)(a), the foreclosure sale cannot be less t...

September 17, 2021 – Reflections On National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. Each September, I try to take a little time to reflect on my own recovery. I am at a café in New York City at the moment and felt compelled to write about it. When I first became a lawyer, I was required to attend an in-person c...

September 12, 2021 – What is Lis Pendens?

When I sat for the Florida bar exam in February 2011, a gentleman sitting next to me piped up after the first session and asked “what the hell is a lis pendens? I wrote ‘action pending’ because I had no idea what that was.” Turns out, he was right! ...

July 29, 2021 – What’s the Deal with Paragraph Twenty-Two?

Paragraph twenty-two is definitely the most infamous paragraph in all of foreclosure litigation. But why? In most mortgages in Florida, paragraph twenty-two of the mortgage requires the lender to mail the homeowner a notice of default at least 30 calendar days before...

July 10, 2021 – I Had A Dream

When we hear the words “I had a dream,” many of us will quickly think of the history-making speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I wrote that title to get your attention, I’ll admit. But it is true. I did have a dream last night and I remembered it as soon as ...

July 10, 2021 – How MasterClass Changed My Life

About six months ago, I signed up for a subscription to MasterClass.com. The fee for the whole year was $180. I had heard of it before but didn’t really know anything about it. Looking for some self-improvement, I thought I...

June 30, 2021 – On Being A Litigator in Long-Term Recovery

When I ran for attorney general in the 2018 election, I came out publicly as someone in long-term addiction recovery. I made that decision because I felt it important to do my small part to end the stigma that comes along with addiction. Ho...

June 27, 2021 – My Little Writing Companion

My wife and I had a nice surprise show up at our door the other day, an adorable little kitten. We decided to name her Cosmo. Two young girls, who happen to live a few doors down from us, begged us to take her in. They found her all alone at the local park. She was s...

June 26, 2021 – Don’t Forget Your Title Search

In our practice, we regularly have clients with liens against their properties that they were not even aware of. It could be a paid-off judgment where the creditor forgot to record the satisfaction of mortgage, among countless other possibilities. A friend of mine sh...