Michael L. Foreman, an attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was featured as a presenter at the 2014 Bench Bar Conference, held recently at Hyatt Sarasota. This annual event is sponsored by the Manatee and Sarasota county bar associations and is open to members of the 12th Judicial Circuit. The theme of this year’s conference focused on current issues related to civility and professionalism within the legal industry.
Mr. Foreman served as a panelist in a breakout session dedicated to civility for transactional lawyers. Topics included recognizing the value of candor and transparency, strategies for dealing with unrepresented parties, and frequent areas of professional and ethical violations that are unique to attorneys practicing business, real estate, probate, estate planning and guardianship law.
As a shareholder at Icard Merrill since 1969, Mr. Foreman has focused his practice on estate and trust planning and administration, guardianships and real estate. He is a former president and administrator of Icard Merrill and has earned the highest rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Foreman has been recognized by Legal Aid Manasota for his hours of pro bono service, and over the years has been involved with numerous non-profit groups, including the YMCA, the Alzheimer’s Association, Kiwanis Club of Sarasota-Sunrise, and All Children’s Hospital.
About Icard Merrill
Icard, Merrill was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, offering expertise in business, banking, commercial and construction law and related litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.