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Oscar-Rivera-2015-hi-res-200x300Managing shareholder Oscar R. Rivera was proud to be selected by the editors of the Daily Business Review, South Florida’s exclusive business daily and official court newspaper, for the publication’s weekly “Leading the Way” column featuring extensive Q&A interviews with South Florida legal leaders.  Now closing in on his fourth decade with the firm, Oscar discusses in today’s article the changes that the firm and the entire legal profession have experienced during the pandemic, and how we have successfully contended with all of the challenges and continued growing.  The article reads:

. . . While Rivera has worked on some of Miami’s most visible developments since joining the firm in 1984 — including representing the developer of 200,000-square-foot Mary Brickell Village — he hasn’t encountered every legal issue his clients face.

Putting heads together to solve new problems was easier before COVID, Rivera said. So was getting to know law clerks’ personalities and training young lawyers. And even if the pandemic were eradicated tomorrow, Rivera knows that many lawyers and staff, including those at his own firm, don’t want to come back every day.

dbr-logo-300x57At the end of 2021, firm founder Steven Siegfried stepped down from his role as co-managing partner, leaving Rivera to lead the evolution of Siegfried Rivera in an eventual post-COVID world.

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Nick Siegfried 2013-thumb-160x240-60131Nicholas D. Siegfried has played a leadership role in the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, which he chaired from 2016 – 2018.  He has focused particularly on the group’s efforts behind the ACE Mentor Program, and on March 7th, 2018 he helped to lead students from various high schools in Washington D.C. through the Construction Negotiation Module that he had previously developed for the program.

ACE, which stands for architecture, construction and engineering, annually engages more than 9,000 high school students in a free, 16-session after-school program for those who are interested in learning more about career options in the construction field (www.acementor.org).  Practicing industry professionals mentor students during a 40-hour, hands-on curriculum that realistically simulates an actual design and construction project.  ACE not only exposes students to real-world opportunities, it also financially supports their success through scholarships and grants totaling more than $15 million since the program began in 1994.

Nicholas had previously helped develop the program’s Construction Negotiation Module and Mentor Guide, which are now being used by ACE Mentors nationwide to provide students with an overview of construction law, contractual relationships, contract administration/interpretation, construction claims, dispute resolution, negotiation, and settlement.  At the event, which was chronicled in a video for the organization in which Nicholas is featured (see below), he helped the team representing the property owner in the negotiation of a construction dispute.  The students learned about contract law, dispute resolution and negotiation tactics.

Our firm salutes Nicholas for his ongoing efforts to lead the ABA Young Lawyers Division Forum on the Construction Industry’s involvement with the ACE Mentor Program.

Every year our firm and attorneys support important and worthwhile organizations, and this year we are pleased to serve as an “Comic Relief Sponsor” for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s 2nd annual “Comedy Night,” which marks the start of the Fort Lauderdale edition of Take Steps, the CCFA’s largest annual fundraising event.

ccfa_logo.gifThe kick-off event, which will feature hilarious comedians and fantastic raffle prizes, will take place at the Improv Comedy Club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6-9 p.m. Last year’s event raised more than $24,000 for the organization, which focuses on funding research to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and on improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets, which are only $25 and benefit CCFA, or call Liz Korfin for more information at (305) 218-5369.

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