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Life, Liberty, and the Law – Volume 43

Life, Liberty, and the Law – Volume 43

Welcome to Volume 43 of the Cullen & Hemphill, PLC, newsletter! In this edition, you’ll learn about our acquisition of a Tampa personal injury law firm from Attorney Frank Verdi, and how this should allow us to broaden the base of the personal injury clients we can now serve across the State of Florida. You can also find out about David Turley – our new Case Manager.  If you enjoy the game of golf, we think you will find Dave’s background very interesting. Our former longest-tenured employee, Stacie McCamie Smith, is also featured in this edition of Life, Liberty, and the Law.  Stacie and her husband, Dino, have taken the entrepreneurial plunge and have opened a restaurant in south Orlando.  These are very exciting times, indeed, for Stacie and Dino. Finally, learn about some new technology we are employing that will make our client experience even better! To read the entire newsletter, just click the image below:...

Did High School Baseball Coach Turn Blind Eye To Hazing Sexual Abuse?

Altamonte Springs Police officers are recommending criminal sexual abuse charges against several Cooper City High School baseball players who are accused of hazing a younger teammate in a sexually abusive manner, according to the Channel 6/ClickOrlando.com website. The connection to Altamonte Springs comes from allegations that the abuse occurred when the team was in Central Florida at a baseball tournament. Apparently, there were several acts of abuse including forcibly removing a boys underwear and penetrating boys’ rectums with fingers and even a Gatorade bottle. What Did The Coach Know? These kinds of allegations are shocking – even for me, a Florida child sexual abuse lawyer. However, the most shocking thing to me is that the coaches or other school officials — who were assuredly with the baseball team at this tournament — seemingly either did not know, or worse, ignored, what was going on. After all, adult chaperones are required on these trips specifically to keep things like this from happening.  Apparently, the coach, Chris Delgado, is no longer with the team – although no reason is provided in the story. Schools, as well as other youth-focused organizations, can be held liable for when their employees fail to adequately monitor children who are abused under their care, custody, or control. Abused children can oftentimes recover money damages to help them pay for what can often be years of counseling and psychological/psychiatric care and treatment. Our law firm helps achieve justice for children who have been sexually abused in youth-centered organizations. We help kids get the specialized help they need in order to begin the healing process. If you have...

Life, Liberty, and the Law – Volume 41

Thanks for checking out the July 2016 edition of firm newsletter! Inside you’ll find out what the Hemphill and Cullen families have been doing this summer (including photos from the Cayman Islands and Aruba.) You’ll also find an informative article explaining how the Florida Wrongful Death Act works, and what surviving family members need to know if the event tragedy strikes. Finally, you’ll learn about the best Stay-cation ideas for Floridians. Simply click on the image below to read the entire...

Life, Liberty & the Law – Volume 40

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our firm newsletter. Inside you’ll find out what our firm, and our families have been doing in this first half of the year.  You’ll read about the Kentucky Derby, the Doggie Derby, and a bunch of other fun stuff. You’ll also see the newest edition of our increasingly famous Word Search puzzle.  If you solve it fast, and email it to us, you could win $25.00. Simply click on the image below to read the entire...
Out At A Party – Shot And Killed.  Bar Guilty Of Negligent Security?

Out At A Party – Shot And Killed. Bar Guilty Of Negligent Security?

When you go out to a restaurant or bar in Central Florida for a relaxing meal or a few drinks with friends do you leave your home fearing that you will be attacked, raped, or shot at your destination? Of course not, and you shouldn’t. After all, Florida law (and common decency, by the way) requires restaurant and bar owners to provide reasonable security measures so that people can visit their establishments and enjoy themselves safely. I thought about this as a read a story on the WFTV.com website about a shooting that occurred last weekend at the Cool Breeze Bar near Sanford.  Tragically, a young woman named Oceanette Hampton died as the result of gunshot wounds. Although the event where Ms. Hampton was killed was called a “private party” in the news story, this does not generally change the legal duty owed to all of the patrons and guests by the bar owner.  In this instance, if the bar owners had any suspicion that anyone entering the bar was likely to be carrying a gun, the bar owners should do something about it. In cases we have been involved in in the past, bar owners who know that their nightclubs have been the scene of violence, attacks, or shootings, have had security frisk patrons for weapons, and also set-up airport-like metal detectors. Smart bar owners also often hire off-duty police officers to provide security, for their deterrent effect. Restaurant and bar owners who don’t invest in these common sense security measures can be exposed to negligent security claims. Our hearts go out to the family of Ms. Hampton. ...

Life, Liberty and the Law – Volume 39

This is the Happy Holidays 2015 edition of our monthly firm newsletter. In this issue you will find: **  A message of sincere thanks from Kim and Bob for all of the generous support and friendship our firm receives from our clients, friends, and the Central Florida legal community.  (We can’t say it enough, “Thank You!!”) **  The announcement of the retirement of one of our most treasured team members. **  A word search puzzle worth $25.00 to the first lucky person who completes it and faxes it back in to our office. **  A delicious holiday dessert recipe that will undoubtedly be a big hit at your special occasions this season. Simply click on the image below to read the entire newsletter: As always, if you have any questions following a Florida personal injury case of any kind, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  Consultations are always free, and with no...

Life, Liberty, and the Law – Volume 38

Although it is officially Fall (according to the calendar), it isn’t feeling much like Fall here in Florida.  Nevertheless, we hope you are having a great Fall season!! In this month’s newsletter you’ll find out what the Cullen and Hemphill clans have been up to, as well as learning about a significant case recently resolved involving a star University of Miami football player, the Florida Citrus Bowl, the City of Orlando, and two sod companies.  The case has received considerable media attention (Bob was even interviewed on Channel 9), so we thought we’d share the story with our newsletter readers. There is also a story about our sponsorship of the Baldwin Park Spirit Stroll – an event to raise money for the Audobon Park Elementary School food pantry. Finally, we have included one of the more popular features of our newsletters — our Wordsearch contest. Click on the image below to open the newsletter. As always, thank you so much for your interest in Bob and me, and our firm.  Please call us at 407-254-4901 if you have any legal questions or issues.  Consultations are always free.    ...
Our Citrus Bowl Turf Lawsuit Settlement Draws More Media Attention

Our Citrus Bowl Turf Lawsuit Settlement Draws More Media Attention

Local media attention narrowed against the City of Orlando Venues department recently, largely as the result of the litigation work we did in our recent case involving poor turf conditions in the Orlando Citrus Bowl in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.  (In fairness, the photo above shows the turf during the 2009 Capital One Bowl, but this was the same turf that our client, Graig Cooper, was injured playing on just a few days prior.) In the second of what promises to be a multi-part series regarding the case, local journalist Mike Cantone (@mikecantone), details how little Orlando Venues Director, Allan Johnson, seemed to know about the readiness of the Citrus Bowl playing surface for the 2009 bowl games.  Many Central Floridians will remember that field conditions at the Citrus Bowl in 2009 were deplorable. Click here to read the story in detail. After reading Mr. Cantone’s article, Bob and I were both surprised that Allan Johnson actually answered, “I don’t recall” approximately 70 times during his deposition.  We knew he provided that answer to a lot of questions, but we couldn’t imagine that it was close to 70 times over the course of a couple of hours of questioning. Many witnesses in our cases think it plays to their advantage to answer questions with “I don’t recall.”  In some cases, it is probably a truthful answer.  Other times, I suppose witnesses reason that if they don’t give substantive answers, those answers cannot be used against them later. However, at some point, “I don’t recall” starts to look pretty poor.  When it is used a significant number of times...

Life, Liberty & the Law – Volume 37

Bob and I hope you are having a great summer, and enjoying the warm summer weather. Attached is our latest firm newsletter.  Inside you’ll see the Hemphill girls (literally) flipping over what a great summer they are having.  I mean it… literally flipping.  It’s cute. You’ll also find out about some national recognition my wonderful wife, Weeze, recently received, and a short article about an awesome new piece of sleep technology. In addition, there is a link to an awesome, free automobile insurance buyer’s guide I recently wrote, that I hope you will download if you are about to purchase or renew your car insurance. As always, thank you for your interest and support of our firm!  Please call us if we can be of assistance in any way. Simply click on the image below to get the...

Life, Liberty & the Law – Volume 36

Easter is a big holiday in the Hemphill and Cullen households.  Allison and Lindsay Hemphill got to dress in their Easter best and attended several Easter egg hunts this year.   Meanwhile, the Cullens were blessed by having thier whole family together for Easter service and a special meal.  Learn about this, and more, by clicking on the image below. Also, you won’t want to miss the introduction of our special Word Search puzzle in this issue.  If you solve the puzzle correctly, and are the first person to fax it back to us, you could win a $25.00 gift card.  Good...

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