Wednesday, May 19

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Networking & Expo Booths Open
10:40 AM – 12:50 PM 
10:40 AM - 11:10 AMLearn More Learn More Welcome Premium Affiliate Track

  • Speaker: Jimmy Jones, Chief Executive Officer, The Fund
11:10 AM - 12:00 PMLearn More Learn More Happiness for Lawyers Guaranteed... or Your Misery Back! Keynote Premium

Join veteran attorney and motivational speaker Mark Eiglarsh on a journey of self-discovery, well-being, and tactile steps in reaching greater happiness, contentment and spiritual well-being.

Mark Eiglarsh, a formerly unhappy guy, made a career out of solving everyone’s problems but his own.  Now, this successful criminal defense attorney, television and radio on-air legal expert, adjunct law professor, devoted husband, and proud father has reclaimed his happiness.  Mark has passionately made it his life mission to share with others how they can lead happy, healthy and successful lives, in spite of whatever challenging circumstances they may be facing. His unique formula causes audience members to have reduced stress, increased sales and productivity, and better tools to assist in obtaining their goals. He dazzles audiences with his infectious enthusiasm, unique humor and heartfelt authenticity.  Mark, a transformative speaker, provides people accessible tools to overcome stress, focus their mind, and improve their relationships at work and home.  He’s guaranteed to make you laugh & feel inspired.

  • Speaker: Mark Eiglarsh, Esq., Trial Lawyer, Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh and Happiness Expert, Eiglarsh Happiness Systems
12:00 PM - 12:50 PMLearn More Learn More Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data Premium

At last, 2021 is here. This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one. Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances.

  • Speaker: Anirban Basu, MPP, MA, JD, Ph.D., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
12:50 PM – 1:50 PM 
1:50 PM – 5:05 PM 
1:50 PM - 2:20 PMLearn More Learn More Shifts in the Claims Climate as a Result of COVID-19 Premium Affiliate Track

Elsa Camacho and Megan Solomon spill the tea with real examples of particular claims and ways to avoid them. 

  • Speaker: Elsa Camacho, Claims Counsel, The Fund
  • Speaker: Megan Crandall Solomon, Claims Counsel, The Fund
2:20 PM - 2:45 PMLearn More Learn More RON & Digital Closings: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead Premium Affiliate Track

The convergence of the pandemic with the advent of remote notarization in Florida has ignited the movement towards fully digital closings. This presentation summarizes where matters stand presently and where they might be heading.  

  • Speaker: Melissa Jay Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, The Fund
  • Speaker: Michael Rothman, Senior Manager, Legal Education Department, The Fund
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMLearn More Learn More Title Teasers Premium Affiliate Track

An interactive program where attendees are challenged to choose the proper underwriting response based on real-life fact scenarios. A panel of Fund Underwriters provides discussion and analysis of the underwriting decision in each scenario.

  • Moderator: Steven Presley, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Panelist: Benjamin Jepson, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Panelist: Michael Mirrington, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Panelist: Connie Clark, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
3:50 PM - 4:05 PMLearn More Learn More Special Event: Live Demo - ProperSign Premium Affiliate Track Refreshment

4:10 PM - 5:05 PMLearn More Learn More Quiz on Recent Real Property Case Law Premium

A review of cases summarized in The Fund Concept. The presentation will highlight particular cases of interest, and the materials will include all cases reviewed in the past year.

  • Speaker: Colleen Sachs, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund

Thursday, May 20

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Networking & Expo Booths Open
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
11:00 AM - 11:25 AMLearn More Learn More General Counsel’s Perspective Premium Express

  • Speaker: Melissa Jay Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, The Fund
11:25 AM - 11:50 AMLearn More Learn More 2021 Florida Legislative Update Premium Express

Legislation is constantly changing and may impact your practice. This program highlights some of the more relevant legislation enacted during the 2021 legislative session.

 An in-depth summary of the more relevant laws is provided to members for legislation enacted in the 2021 legislative session that may be of interest or affect the practice of real estate in Florida.

The live presentation highlights a few of the more relevant laws and provides a deeper dive into their content and impact on your practice.

  • Speaker: Charles Nostra, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
11:50 AM - 12:45 PMLearn More Learn More Getting to Yes: Mediation & Settlement Agreements Premium Express

Practical tips regarding mediations. The presentation will include pointers on how to best achieve a settlement at mediation; how to properly memorialize a settlement agreement; and what happens when the settlement is later challenged.

  • Speaker: Joseph Huss, Partner, Krinzman Huss Lubetsky Feldman & Hotte
  • Speaker: Rod Neuman, President and Shareholder, Gibbons | Neuman
12:45 PM – 1:40 PM
1:40 PM – 1:55 PM
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:40 PMLearn More Learn More Title Attorneys’ Toolbox: Ways to Fix Common Title Defects Premium Express

Take a tour of the resources that Fund underwriting attorneys use every day to respond to the thousands of calls and emails received every year from Members, their staff and title examiners.  These range from well-known resources such as Fund Title Notes and Fund Concept articles to curative statutes that can result in a quicker more efficient closing. 

  • Speaker: Scott Jackson, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMLearn More Learn More Deep Dive into the Form 9 Affiliate Track

Title insurance policies separately provide coverage for owners’ and lenders’ unique interests.  For an additional premium, indemnification may be obtained for certain losses or damages not provided by basic policy coverage.  The form 9 series of endorsements provide such coverage for matters related to restrictions, encroachments and mineral rights.  This presentation will explain the rationale for requesting the additional coverage and the impact such requests have on title agents.

  • Speaker: Robert Rohan, Regulatory Compliance Counsel, The Fund
2:40 PM - 3:30 PMLearn More Learn More De-Mystifying Real Estate Transactions in Distressed or Insolvency Situations Premium Express

This presentation will help real estate professionals recognize situations where special considerations are warranted to properly advise clients who are involved in or considering involvement in real estate transactions arising in bankruptcies, foreclosures, receiverships, and going concern circumstances.

  • Speaker: Jeffrey Warren, Shareholder, Bush Ross, P.A.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PMLearn More Learn More De-Mystifying Real Estate Transactions in Distressed or Insolvency Situations Affiliate Track

This presentation will help real estate professionals recognize situations where special considerations are warranted to properly advise clients who are involved in or considering involvement in real estate transactions arising in bankruptcies, foreclosures, receiverships, and going concern circumstances.

  • Speaker: Jeffrey Warren, Shareholder, Bush Ross, P.A.
3:30 PM - 4:15 PMLearn More Learn More Homestead Tricks and Traps: The Sneaky Chameleon Premium Express

Florida lawyers and title insurance practitioners must often interpret the homestead protections found in the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes.  This presentation will discuss caselaw surrounding homestead exemptions, spousal homestead waiver, the criterion for claiming any one or more exemptions, the portability of tax savings, whether married Floridians residing separately can claim more than one homestead exemption, and the effect of divorce on the sharing of portable tax savings.

  • Speaker: Jay St. Lawrence, Legal Education Attorney, The Fund
3:50 PM - 4:40 PMLearn More Learn More Check, Please! Checklists, Forms & Communications Affiliate Track

Check, Please! is a review of data collection forms, checklists and communications with the parties to a real estate transaction. New, dynamic forms and checklists will be presented with the suggested use of each. The forms, checklists and letters will all be in Word and customizable by the attendee for their specific purposes. The use of these tools will help ensure that all steps necessary for closing have been completed.

  • Speaker: Linda Neale Monaco, B. C. S., Legal Education Attorney, The Fund
  • Speaker: Maria Cristina Espinosa, Member Account Advisor, The Fund
4:15 PM - 5:00 PMLearn More Learn More I’m Just a Form: The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Form, New Forms, and Forms to Come Premium Express

Forms are the basis of coverage and exclusions provided by a title insurance policy. This presentation will open the door to the process by which new forms are made available in Florida and discuss new changes that have already occurred and forms that are anticipated in the near future.

  • Speaker: Jalinda (Jay) Davis, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Speaker: Jennifer Barrow, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Premium

Friday, May 21

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Networking & Expo Booths Open
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Premium Affiliate Track
11:00 AM – 12:25 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMLearn More Learn More Overview of Hot Topics Facing Real Estate Agents & Brokers Premium

Chief Legal Counsel for the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® will provide a brief overview of some hot topic areas in the real estate professional industry including recent changes to the NAR Code of Ethics, Fair Housing, FR/BAR Contract considerations, and the REALTOR® complaint process including the distinction between filing a complaint with your local Association vs. FREC.

  • Speaker: Shahrzad Emami, Chief Legal Counsel, MIAMI Association of REALTORS®
11:30 AM - 12:25 PMLearn More Learn More Data Privacy Incident Prevention: What Every Attorney Should Know Premium Affiliate Track

As massive data breaches make headlines and companies of all sizes are falling victim to cyberattacks, attorneys need to be aware of the cybersecurity threats to their firms’ data, how to respond to them, and their legal notification obligations. This presentation will discuss data privacy and security incident trends, the impact of “Work from home” on cybersecurity, the legal landscape of Florida’s privacy and security laws, recent regulatory enforcement actions, and best practices. 

  • Speaker: Sara Goldstein, Partner, BakerHostetler
12:25 PM – 1:20 PM
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM Affiliate Track
1:20 PM – 1:35 PM
1:40 PM – 4:30 PM
1:40 PM - 2:25 PMLearn More Learn More Trends in Commercial Financing Premium

This presentation covers some of the current trends in commercial financing. It will give the practitioner tools to recognize and advise their clients on these trends.

This presentation will assist real estate practitioners with: 

  • LIBOR Transition: Background/History. SOFR as a replacement. Impact on existing loans.
  • CMBS Loans: Overview. Expansions of SPE and non-recourse carveouts. Unwinding and defeasance.
  • Mezzanine Financing: What it is and when is it used. Collateral. Financial Covenants and the “Canary in the Coal Mine.” Intercreditor Agreement.
  • Speaker: Cynthia Raleigh, Underwriting Counsel, Commercial Services, The Fund
  • Speaker: Michael Workman, Shareholder, Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.
2:25 PM - 3:35 PMLearn More Learn More New RESPA… Same as the Old RESPA Real Estate Settlement Protection: Latest Guidance and Case Law Premium

The Federal RESPA law guides the legal obligations for lawyers and lay settlement agents when providing real estate settlements, business arrangements and fees. This session will review the latest guidance, cases and enforcement actions concerning RESPA and how they potentially apply to different business practices.

  • Speaker: Steve Gottheim, General Counsel, American Land Title Association
  • Speaker: Margaret (Peggy) Williams, Senior Manager, Risk Analysis and Member Compliance, The Fund
3:35 PM - 4:25 PMLearn More Learn More Hot Land Use Topics in 2021 for Real Estate Attorneys: Redevelopment, Exactions, and Wetland Permitting Premium

This presentation features  current  land use issues in repurposing and redeveloping  properties with a focus on local government exactions and fees. This program will also highlight the impact of the 2020 federal agreement to delegate to FDEP the authority to issue wetland permits under the federal Clean Water Act. 

  • Speaker: Jacob (Jake) Cremer, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Weissler Alhadeff & Stitterson, PA
4:25 PM – 4:30 PM