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  • Christopher Cobb Teaching At The Southeast Building Conference
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Technology is a good servant but a bad master
- Gretchen Rubin
When I entered the practice of law in 2001, there were no iPhones, no iPads and believe it or not, email was just beginning to be used as an acceptable method to communicate with clients. I still had to write letters and the opportunity for being distracted was relatively low. Writing letters required me to be more focused and grammatically correct with my communicated message.  As the new young attorney at the firm, I was oddly saddled with the responsibility to get the older guys up to speed on technology. Looking back, this is particularly funny because if you know anything about me, then you know I possess just a basic working knowledge of technology. I get frustrated if my device does not work after I press the “on” button. However, old dogs can sometimes learn new tricks, and as technology has become more commonplace at work, I am willing to embrace the change.
It is undeniable now that mobile devices are a way of life and social media is infused into all facets of daily activity. That email chime or phone bling letting you know you have a new message has this sort of Pavlov’s Dog effect. From time to time – I have to unplug. I don’t sanctimoniously announce to everyone that I am leaving – I just do it.  I turn off my email or phone to secure some uninterrupted time. Inspired by the naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir, I would plan trips to the mountains where cellular technology is rather unreliable. I still do this today but running to the mountains to escape the chaotic everyday distraction is not always practical. Here are some tips for you to develop a some uninterrupted time during your workday:

1.    Close Your Office Door - If you find that your workspace has become the social mecca of the office, close your door. This will send an immediate message to those interrupters that you need some quiet time. Place a “Do Not Disturb” for added deterrence. There is a fine line here, because you don’t want to be the person with the door always closed because that can make you look anti-social. Find the balance that works for you.
2.    Turn Off Your Email For The Morning – Identify when you do your best work and turn off the email during that time. Unless you are involved in a project that requires your immediate action and/or response, turning off the email will likely not be noticed. Many supervisors will expect answers to their inquiry within 24 hours so you will not miss your response window by turning off the email for 3 hours.   
3.    Turn Off (or put away) Your Cell Phone – Unless you need the cell phone to do your job – put it away. Reading or commenting on a picture of someone’s dinner does not help you achieve your work obligations. Do not have the cell phone on your desk and do not bring it to meetings. It is distracting and the use of cell phones for personal reasons at work is likely a contributing factor to many instances of underperformance. Put it away.
4.    Work Remote – This one requires a lot of discipline, because you are introducing a whole new host of distractions. But if your job allows and you are finding that you can’t get things accomplished in the office, remove yourself from the office and work remotely for a day.

Armed with these tactics, you are now ready to enter the most distracting time of year – Summer!!! Stop staring at the phone (especially when you drive) and focus on the task at hand. I am interested to know what tactics you employ to help you remain productive and undistracted?  Please travel safe on your summer vacations and I hope all of your office fires ignite after you return. 

Best regards.
It's not too late to register for the upcoming
J&C Construction Law Seminar
Don't miss our annual course for construction industry professionals who need a refresher on updates to the law. An added bonus is that attendees will receive their 4 CE credits CE credits (1 hour Laws & Rules, 1 hour Business Practice, and 2 hours General) for 2018:

  • Process of Construction Licensing
  • Construction Liens & Bond Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Detailed Provisions in Construction Contracts
 
A networking happy hour will follow the course material, with meet & greet of our four presenters.

Best of all - this is all free ! Registration is required, so be sure to click the button below to start the process.

For questions or to request additional information about the event or presenters please email marketing@jimersoncobb.com

Registration Now Open for the
Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)
Chairman of the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board and Jimerson & Cobb Partner Christopher M. Cobb will be leading a Construction Leasing course at this year's SEBC on Thursday, August 16. This informative course during the Expo provides participants with 1 hour of Laws & Rules CEU.

Attendees will learn about disciplinary proceedings, qualifying new companies, joint ventures, and how to obtain new and additional licenses. Further, there will be information on the penalties for unlicensed activity and how that can impact a project.

Chris will also provide a Florida legislative update that is focused on the new developments in licensing laws, including the new recovery fund requirements and a new exemption on minor apartment complex repairs.
Attorney Hans C. Wahl Earns The Florida Bar Board Certification In Condominium & Planned Development Law
Jimerson & Cobb was very proud to recognize Hans C. Wahl for his achievement of Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development. This was the very first year the Florida Bar offered the certification, and it represents the culmination of a lot of hard work on Hans' part.

Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar in a particular area of law. It is designed to help the public choose a lawyer who is best qualified to assist in their case.

Click here to read the press release.
Christopher Cobb Recognized For 6 Years Of Service to the State of Florida
Jimerson & Cobb Partner Christopher M. Cobb
Recognized For 6 Years Of Service
In June, Christopher M. Cobb was honored for his 6 years of service on the Construction Industry Licensing Board. The CILB is the quasi-judicial board that governs the construction industry in Florida, and is part of the State's Department of Business & Professional Regulation. In 2017, Chris was voted by his peers to serve as CILB Board Chairman.

He was the youngest chairman in the history of the CILB and also the first Division II consumer member to ascend to the chair position. Our firm thanks Chris for his years of service, his continued leadership in the industry, and we congratulate him for this well-deserved recognition!
J&C Legal Blogs
Are you keeping up with the latest information in business and law? J&C publishes weekly blog posts covering topics from construction law, business litigation, eminent domain law, community associations law and everything in between. Click here to subscribe today and stay up-to-date on the latest legal news from these areas:

Construction Industry Law Blog
Liability Of Secondary Qualifying Agents Pertaining To Civil Judgments

If you are a secondary qualifying agent for a company, there is potential for being financially responsible for the company you qualify. Read about how the law shifts liability after a primary qualifying agent terminates their business relationship.

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How Do You Become A Certified General Contractor In Florida


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Florida Construction Liens: Final Furnishing - What Does It Mean?


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Business Litigation Blog
Understanding Your Options: Three Types Of Tenant Option To Purchase That May Be Included In Commercial Leases

Many landlords are reluctant to grant tenant option to purchase in a lease agreement. That’s because the options may disincentivize other potential buyers or cause delays in the landlord’s negotiation of a sale. 

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Accessing Navigable Water: Allocation Of Riparian Rights Among Landowner


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Community Association Law Blog
Community Association Hurricane Season Preparedness: What To Do Before A Hurricane Hits Your Association

Is your community association prepared? Many condominium associations around the State are still recovering from a lack of hurricane preparedness before last year’s season. Do not let this happen to your community association this year! 

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Eminent Domain Law Blog
Right to Compensation: Are Trees and Crops Subject to Eminent Domain in Florida?

Any taking of an interest in your property, matter how slight, still requires the payment of full and fair compensation for that interest. But what if the condemning authority takes something less than the entire property? If your rights in trees and crops are adversely affected, just compensation likely is due.

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Firm News
Curiosities, Ruminations and Various Eccentricies of Firm Biz
As many of you know, we believe employee satisfaction and engagement are crucial to delivering the highest quality service to you as our client. One way that we help cultivate a place where our team members love to work is through internal and external recognition. To us, the sound of achievement is an amplified, ear- busting gong hit by one of our employees.

On June 6, the Jimerson & Cobb "Gong For Success" was struck for it's inaugural ring by Community Association Law Guru Hans C. Wahl . Less than a week after receiving the notice of his certification, he delivered an impressive blow that sounded throughout the firm. Goooonnnnnnggggg!

The gong can be rung by anyone in the firm to recognize a personal achievement, or an achievement of a colleague.
The Inaugural Ring
Of Jimerson & Cobb's #GongForSuccess
Click the image above to watch the full video of the gong's first ringing by Board Certified Attorney Hans C. Wahl
J&C Friday Nintendo Wii Competition
Click the image above to watch the video of Christopher M. Cobb, Kayla A. Haines, D. Brad Hughes and Austin B. Calhoun up to bat in the Wii Baseball challenge
We work hard and "Wii" play hard! That was one of the light-hearted take-aways from the recent Nintendo Wii Competition. Attorneys and staff alike participated in a variety of Wii Sports challenges for controller bragging rights, all while enjoying some snacks and beverages with the best view of the St. Johns River.
Competition was fierce among the nearly nine gamers, but when all was said and done... J&C Summer Intern John Rutledge prevailed and claimed his title of Wii Sports Champion.
Congratulations to John and the rest of the competitors who participated in this fun team-building event.
Jimerson & Cobb In The Community
With summer in full swing, many of our attorneys have been sought as guest speakers at local and regional industry events. Below are several of the activities we attended across the First Coast.
ImpactJAX Presents
Charles B. Jimerson was one of three guest speakers at "Networking Strategies For Young Professionals," an enrichment event organized by ImpactJAX for cultivating relationships with Jacksonville's future leaders.
NEFL-CAI Expo
The theme of year's Institute Chapter Education Day and Expo was "Be A Superhero For Our Community." Christopher M. Cobb is shown on the right in full superhero regalia, and "man of steel" Hans C. Wahl taught the Condominiums Board Member Certification Course.
JBJ Veterans Panel Discussion
Proud U.S. military veteran, Charles B. Jimerson, was one of five panelists speaking on the topic "Veterans have a large economic impact on Jacksonville: How do we build on that."
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